We cannot live Easter without entering into the mystery. It is not something intellectual, something we only know about or read about… it is more, much more. To enter into the mystery means the ability to wonder, to contemplate…”
That’s a line from Joel’s Easter Sunday homily “Enter the Tomb and Wonder!“ (You can listen to his full homily here). Actually, it’s a great line first delivered by Pope Francis and used strategically by Joel in his homily. The phrases to wonder and to contemplate remind me of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and for all you CGS enthusiasts out there, you’ll be pleased to know Joel worked in a bit of CGS love in his homily, too. Why do we “bury” the alleluia during Lent and what does that word even mean? Joel does a nice job explaining it (or so says the proud deacon’s wife!).
Alleluia! alleluia! After Mass, we got a pretty good Easter family photo. Lucy is now 7 1/2, Jude 4, Lydia 2 1/2, and Baby Schmidt #4 due in June. Given St. Joseph is my saint of the month for March, I love that he photobombed us over my shoulder!
Happy Easter to you! I’ll quickly end this post using a few more words from Joel’s homily.
Brothers and sisters, enter the tomb with your heart and ponder what it truly means! The Lord is risen; the Kingdom has come; our joy is complete! For THAT is what we celebrate when in concert with the angels and saints we sing Alleluia! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen.