readings for the easter vigil
genesis 1:1—2:2; genesis 22:1-18; exodus 14:15—15:1; isaiah 54:5-14; isaiah 55:1-11; baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4; ezekiel 36:16-28
romans 6:3-11; luke 24:1-12
readings for the mass of easter day
acts 10:34a, 37-43; colossians 3:1-4 or 1 corinthians 5:6b-8; john 20:1-9
in one of his lighter moments, benjamin franklin penned his own epitaph:
the body of b. franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book
its contents torn out, and stripped of its lettering and guilding,
lies here, food for worms.
but the work shall not be wholly lost:
for it will, as he believ’d, appear once more
in a new & more perfect edition,
corrected and amended by the author.
franklin’s epitaph is a near-perfect summary of the transformation that the resurrection brings! this transformation happens at two levels: at the level of the physical body and at the «personal» level.
body level: recall the new and perfect edition of JESUS’ body (as a person, since he was GOD, he was already perfect). it was radically different from his earthly body… his own disciples (mary magdalene, the disciples on the road to emmaus) could not recognise him; he was able to move about as he desired, and through closed doors. we will experience this transformation on the last day. our bodies be raised incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (read 1 corinthians 15: 36-49).
personal level: recall the transformation in the disciples: from people fearfully behind shut doors to people who testified to the resurrection with great power; from people who fought for position and greatness to people who were of one heart and one soul; thomas who doubted the LORD’s resurrection and wanted a personal experience courageously confessed that JESUS was GOD. they became a «a fresh batch of dough» (cf. easter sunday, second reading)
the radical body-transformation is a future-event. the radical person-transformation is something that must happen now.
do i live like an easter person… with joy and in solidarity with others? if not, what are my fears and doubts that keep me from witnessing to the resurrection by my life? what must i do to become «a fresh batch of dough»?