“How Can I Keep from Singing?”

Reflection for Easter Sunday by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey

This reflection was originally posted in our April 10th newsletter

SingingThe title of the old Baptist hymn, one of my favorites, is framed as a question but is really a statement. “Above earth’s lamentations,” our Christian faith rests on the Resurrection of Jesus, and the promise of our resurrection, so we cannot keep from singing our Alleluia song. We sing not out of naiveté or denial of personal, national and global calamities, but out of faith in the enduring love of God confirmed in the life, suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus. We Christians must be people of hope, singing our Alleluia song, even as we are keenly aware of sin, evil and suffering in the world. St. Augustine reminds us, “We are Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song.’ Let us sing ‘Alleluia’ here and now in this life, even though we are oppressed by various worries, so that we may sing it one day in the world to come, when we are set free from all anxiety.”

As the Easter Vigil and Easter morning gospels are read, our hearts are lifted at the opening phrase, “On the first day of the week…,” because we know the story that will unfold. We feel Mary Magdalene’s initial dismay and confusion at seeing the empty tomb, then follow her “and the other Mary” as they run, “fearful yet overjoyed,” to announce the amazing good news to the disciples. In Matthew’s account, they are met on the way by Jesus who assures them, “Do not be afraid” to go tell his brothers what they have witnessed.

Whatever burdens we carry this Easter, may we not be afraid to leave tombs of fear, doubt, discouragement or lamentation, and join in singing Easter’s Alleluia. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!”(Ps. 18) ALLELUIA!

Sr. Marie Lucey
FAN Associate Director

Published in: on April 11, 2017 at 10:23 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Marie, I so appreciate your reflections! Thank you.

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