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The Paschal Mystery



From the Gospel according to John:

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

17″ For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

18″ He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.

19″ This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

20″ For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

21″ But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

In the time of Moses the children of Israel, God’s chosen people, were taught to love God so they might know Him. They were given 10 Commandments by which they could live in a way that pleased Him and provided order to how they should coexist with one another. This was God’s covenant with the Children of Israel.

In the time of Jesus, His Disciples were commanded to love one another so that they might know God, and through them, show all the people – Jew and Gentile, and all others – how to know God and to love Him. Jesus, in Matthew 5, reaffirmed God’s 10 Commandments, and instructed us on what to aspire to, that we might find salvation and ascend in our time to join Him in the Kingdom of Heaven:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The Pashcal Mystery then, this new covenant with God through Christ’s life, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of God the Father, was the ultimate expression of God’s love for us. In sacrificing His own son, the love from the Father to His children and the return of that love to Him, through His son Jesus Christ, God affirmed His unending and unconditional love for all of us.

Be you Jewish, Christian, Agnostic, or Atheist…the love we have for one another, and the ways in which we express it one TO another, is the story of what marks the significance of this day. Let us remember not the crisis over eggs and jelly beans and rabbit-shaped chocolate, but rather the deeper meaning of what we celebrate today; the Fellowship of Man. This lies at the base of all we should remember as we go forth, making the rounds with family and friends this Easter Sunday.

If you are a Jew, may God’s grace be with you as you complete your Passover celebration. If you are a Christian, may you be filled to overflowing with the fullness of the faith. If you are not religiously or spiritually inclined, may you be filled and renewed by the love and compassion of those with whom you spend this day.

And:

May The Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

haystackhttp://unwashedphilosopher@gmail.com
There's not much to say... I come from a long line of Appalachian folk that landed in America long before flipping off the King was even a twinkle in the eyes of our founding fathers. We have been Carpenters and coal miners... Soldiers & Sailors and pig farmers and Sunday morning circuit-riding preachers. Hell, I'm told we have even been fairly decent bootleggers too.

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  1. I went to our Easter Vigil Mass last night, hadn’t been to one in many years, but it is so moving and so beautiful, I was reminded again about the joy that there is in my faith and God, and the fact that we are together with one another in spirit and purpose in our quest.

    You said this so well:

    Be you Jewish, Christian, Agnostic, or Atheist…the love we have for one another, and the ways in which we express it one TO another, is the story of what marks the significance of this day. Let us remember not the crisis over eggs and jelly beans and rabbit-shaped chocolate, but rather the deeper meaning of what we celebrate today; the Fellowship of Man.

    Regardless of one’s belief system, the connection we have to one another and how we treat each other, transcends everything.

    God Bless you, ‘Stack.

  2. Beautifully written and deeply felt. I was trying to explain to my 6 year old granddaughter why Jesus had to die on the cross the other day. She could not understand how a father who loved his son could require such a thing as this awful death.

    I must admit that it was very hard for me to find the right words to explain it. In the end, I had to tell her that this is where faith begins– that we believe that God knows what is best and He asks of us that we trust in Him. I know in my heart why God required this thing to be done, but my granddaughter will have to come to that knowledge in time. For now, she calls God her Heavenly Father still and knows that he loves her. And that is enough.

  3. “May the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always.”
    from The Book of Common Prayer, 1928

    Easter Blessings to all here.

  4. haystack, this is very masterfully written. Thank you.

    I’m often struck with how unworthy I am to be loved in such a way, which makes me that much more grateful every moment of my life that the character of God is exactly what it is, and that He can love us to such an extent.

    Without Him I would be nothing more than a mass of cells. With Him, I have hope, joy and confidence of things to come.

    • Amen LH…well stated, and thanks for the kind words. I completed my conversion to Catholicism at Easter Vigil Saturday night, and there are just no words…except that I mean to get it “right” this time and try to show myself worthy for these gifts you describe here.

      God Bless you…

  1. I went to our Easter Vigil Mass last night, hadn’t been to one in many years, but it is so moving and so beautiful, I was reminded again about the joy that there is in my faith and God, and the fact that we are together with one another in spirit and purpose in our quest.

    You said this so well:

    Be you Jewish, Christian, Agnostic, or Atheist…the love we have for one another, and the ways in which we express it one TO another, is the story of what marks the significance of this day. Let us remember not the crisis over eggs and jelly beans and rabbit-shaped chocolate, but rather the deeper meaning of what we celebrate today; the Fellowship of Man.

    Regardless of one’s belief system, the connection we have to one another and how we treat each other, transcends everything.

    God Bless you, ‘Stack.

  2. Beautifully written and deeply felt. I was trying to explain to my 6 year old granddaughter why Jesus had to die on the cross the other day. She could not understand how a father who loved his son could require such a thing as this awful death.

    I must admit that it was very hard for me to find the right words to explain it. In the end, I had to tell her that this is where faith begins– that we believe that God knows what is best and He asks of us that we trust in Him. I know in my heart why God required this thing to be done, but my granddaughter will have to come to that knowledge in time. For now, she calls God her Heavenly Father still and knows that he loves her. And that is enough.

  3. “May the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always.”
    from The Book of Common Prayer, 1928

    Easter Blessings to all here.

  4. haystack, this is very masterfully written. Thank you.

    I’m often struck with how unworthy I am to be loved in such a way, which makes me that much more grateful every moment of my life that the character of God is exactly what it is, and that He can love us to such an extent.

    Without Him I would be nothing more than a mass of cells. With Him, I have hope, joy and confidence of things to come.

    • Amen LH…well stated, and thanks for the kind words. I completed my conversion to Catholicism at Easter Vigil Saturday night, and there are just no words…except that I mean to get it “right” this time and try to show myself worthy for these gifts you describe here.

      God Bless you…

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