April 8, 2012
Today being the feast of the Resurrection, I wanted to share with readers what Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, OCD, wrote in Divine Intimacy about how we are all looking for the Lord as the apostles and the holy women did at the tomb.
Looking and finding are two different things. By God’s grace we discover Him when we gain the simplicity and purity of heart that children have. And, as in the Gospel, obedience precedes the finding of the Lord.
…They enter the tomb and find an Angel who greets them with the glad announcement: “He is risen; He is not here.” At this time, Jesus does not let Himself be found or seen; but a little later when, in obedience to the command of the Angel, the women leave the tomb to bring the news to the disciples, He will appear before them saying “All hail!” (Mt. 28:9), and their joy will be overwhelming.
We, too, have a keen desire to find the Lord; perhaps we have been seeking Him for many long years. Further, this desire may have been accompanied by serious preoccupation with the question of how we might rid ourselves of the obstacles and roll away from our souls the stone which has prevented us thus far from finding the Lord, from giving ourselves entirely to Him, and from letting Him triumph in us.
Precisely because we want to find the Lord, we have already overcome many obstacles, sustained by His grace; Divine Providence has helped us roll away many stones, overcome many difficulties. nevertheless, the search for God is progressive, and must be maintained during our whole life. For this reason, following the example of the holy women, we must always have a holy preoccupation about finding the Lord, a preoccupation which will make us industrious and diligent in seeking Him, and at the same time confident of the divine aid, since the Lord will certainly take care that we arrive where our own strength could never bring us, because He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Every year Easter marks a time of renewal in our spiritual life, in our search for God; every year we reascend the path toward Him in novitate vitae, in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).
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