There haven't been many times that I've been moved to tears during Mass. This Easter was one of the few exceptions. The universality of Catholicism amazes me. To think that every Catholic attending Mass this weekend will hear the same exact readings and those in good standing will partake in Communion, which is a communion of one bread, one Body, that we all are there worshiping one truly present Lord overwhelms me. Reflecting on that this morning and all that is the Easter season blanketed me in a beautiful feeling of love and community.
I haven't had my best Lent. My few measly penitential acts were whopping failures to say the least. I've felt disconnected and distracted by school, life, and all the other things in the material world. I've kind of been in a rut spiritually. Fortunately God can bestow his blessings to even the most downtrodden of hearts.
As I watched people filing in to Mass this morning with their suits and dresses or jeans and polos I was taken aback by the community of people there. We had all of our Mary Magdalenes, prodigal sons, and tax collectors sitting beside our Peters who had once denied Jesus and are now willing to suffer death for him, our Johns who never left his side, and our doubting Thomas's who have come to believe. It's a beautiful thing, all of these people coming together to worship our Savior. This is what Heaven will be like, there will be no rank, no past, no judgment, only eternity. We will all be united perfectly with Christ and that is a beautiful thing.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." John 3:16
I hope that you all have a very beautiful day and take some time to reflect on what Christ's Resurrection meant for the world, for you. Then promptly follow that up with eating the ear off of a chocolate bunny in one giant bite. :)
And to those who joined the church this year: welcome home!! :D