Holy Saturday April 4th
Admin. Asst. Residence Life
Come to the Quiet
“Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” Mk 16:6
“Do not make an idol of any temporal reality.” [JPII Homily at Giants Stadium, October 5th, 1995] Today’s readings remind us that it is truly “God the Father” that is in total control. All that is good, all that we see day in and day out, is a Gift from Heaven. Often times when we fill our days with earthly debris that has been created to please us, such as music played so loud you literally have to give your ears a rest, watching an award winning television show and without realizing becoming numb to the violent acts that have consumed entertainment. How often do we check email, texts, update our Facebook status, Tweet, and it goes on. It has become the thief of our souls.
Let us take this day into the quiet. Watch the sun come up, listen to the birds singing, and if it is raining, listen. Listen to the music Heaven has provided. Understanding the importance of that “Quiet,” take a walk or drive to the nearest Catholic Church on Good Friday. Walk in and notice how “Quiet” it truly is, because Jesus is not present in the Tabernacle. The doors are open, and He is not there. Meditate on the readings of this day, and realize the gift God the Father handed us in His son Jesus.
We spend so much time of every day getting the mandatory events of the day completed: checking and answering our email, completing an assignment, taking care of family, preparing a meal and while reading this, you are probably thinking of something more you need to do. STOP! Go now to the quietest place you know. Go deep within your soul, remembering that your soul lives forever. Recognize your soul, nurture it, and thank our Lord for the many gifts He has given each of us. Thank Him for the sun that rose this morning, and thank Him for His Son that will rise tomorrow morning to refresh our hearts, mind and soul. Thank You Jesus!
Jesus, I pray as we enter into this Easter Season, we never lose sight of the gift of Your love for us, and that we continue to recognize our souls will one day be with You forever in Eternity. Amen.