When I was a child, my parents owned a fancy gold-colored tabletop clock. The clock was covered by a glass dome that would keep people from messing with the time, or the pendulum on the bottom that spun back and forth. It typically stayed up high on a shelf, where no one would leave fingerprints on the glass. When I got older, we started moving around quite a bit. Eventually, after one of our moves, this clock would find its new resting place on an end table.
My brother and I would constantly temp fate, lifting the glass and messing with the pendulum that spun on the bottom. Depending on whether or not we got along that day, one would tattle on the other for messing with the clock; and since I was older and my brother was more of a trouble maker than me [*ahem], he would get caught messing with the clock.
One fateful day, we were throwing a ball around the house [which of course was not okay]. As my brother would taunt me more and more, the ball mysteriously leave my hands a little harder/ a little faster each time. Near the end, I finally had enough. I threw as hard as I could; my brother missed the catch… but the clock didn’t.
As my mom came down the stairs, my brother was standing nearest the broken glass. Out of fear, I shouted, “why would you do that?!” I didn’t want to get in a lot of trouble: a) for playing ball in the house, and b) for breaking the glass; so I made up this terrific lie to cover up the truth, causing my brother to take the full blame. That infamous story is still circulated to this present day.
That is what is going on in the Gospel today. The chief priests [the ones responsible for Jesus’ death] are afraid of the truth. But we are not called to be like them. Instead, we are called to do as Jesus commands the women, ‘to not be afraid, and to go and tell others.’
We are called constantly to proclaim the Gospel; to proclaim the truth [the Good News]; that Jesus, the Christ [the Son of God], in his love and mercy, really did take on all of sinfulness, died for us, and had the power to raise himself up; all of that because he loves you and wants to spend all of eternity with you. In return, we are called to love as he did; to sacrifice and love everyone; not just those who are easy to love, but also the ones who are hard to love [our enemies, the poor, the sick, the smelly, the people who are vulnerable, the people who make us feel most uncomfortable to be around].
We should not hide from the truth; even when we ourselves feel uncomfortable. Sure it’s easy for someone to come to church and proclaim the truth, but it’s our challenge every day to live as Easter people. I was once told that the reason catholic pews were uncomfortable is because we aren’t meant to stay here. We are meant to be out there, preaching and living truth. And as Pope Francis asks us constantly, ‘to proclaim the Gospel with Joy.’
What more can you do to live as an Easter people? How can do a better job at living out the truth with joy?
Let us pray:
Lord, help us to be an Easter people. Help stir up that fire within us to proclaim our salvation, this gift you graciously give us. Help us to be witnesses of what it means to live in truth and integrity. Help us to love, as you love; to see others the way you see them, especially the ones we are most uncomfortable with. May we glorify you always, and in all that we do.
We also pray for the poor, the sick, the suffering, those who are lost, those who are forgotten, the ones who make us feel most uncomfortable, and the souls in Purgatory. We ask these things through the intercession of all the angels and saint, especially, your mother as we pray, Hail Mary…