“Was It a Morning Like This?”

Reflection for the Resurrection of the Lord by FAN Board Member, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our March 21 newsletter

Reflection 3.21
We all experience the same feelings the disciples of Jesus must have felt traveling to the tomb that first Easter morning. We all have moments when we feel that life as we know it has ended. Losing a loved one, losing the means to support ourselves and our family, ending a fractured relationship all may engender feelings of shock and despair. Whenever fear overwhelms us, as it surely will in a world replete with terrorism and violence, we may be incapable of ever again believing in God’s “abundant life.” Alternately, we know the promise of the Resurrection when we are aware of a shift within ourselves toward hope for the future.  We experience “He is risen!” whenever we act on the hope that God is with us through life’s changes.

Our first reading describes when Peter, quite different from the person who denied Jesus on Good Friday, witnessed to the hope of the Resurrection. Peter has all but forgotten the despair he must have felt as he proclaims for all to hear, “We are witnesses of all that he did.” (Acts 10:39) Our world is crying out for our Christian voices to “declare the works of the Lord” (Psalm 118: 17) with God’s promise of abundant life for all. John’s Gospel account of that first Easter morning teaches that we all experience the hope of the empty tomb in the way that God knows is needed by each of us.

Saint Bonaventure taught that Jesus sanctified all creation through the incarnation, but what about when Jesus rose from the dead? Since hearing Sandi Patty sing the song “Was It a Morning Like This?”* I cannot help but think that all creation knew that something was different that first Easter morning.

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?
Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, “He is risen!”

How could all of God’s creation not know that life had forever changed? How could the earth not rejoice? How could all creation not join with those of us made in God’s image and likeness and sing “Alleluia!”

*Lyrics written by Jim Croegaert

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Member

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