11 Easter – The Transformation of Pain - Christopher Mendonca

posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:52 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 8:53 AM ]
The celebration of Easter signals the advent of springtime.

It is a time when the diminishing blankets of snow

and paler shades of white

make way for a carpet of green.

Bare skeleton tree trunks

now begin to be dotted with green shoots

as another cycle of life unfolds.

Death and Resurrection are the "substance" of nature.

It carries within itself the capacity for self-renewal.

In the Aristotelian connotation of the term,

underlying the accidental trappings of colour shape, form and size

is the 'substance' of things that holds them together.

Beginning with Maundy Thursday,

the day of the Lord's Last Supper, the death of Jesus

and the celebration of his Resurrection

form the essential parts of a Triduum in the Christian Calendar.

It is surprising therefore,

that the Gospel of John omits mention of the Last Supper

in his Gospel narrative.

He replaces it with Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

It is his way of pointing out

that Self-Renunciation is at the heart of Christian Discipleship.

John writes of the events of the Sacred Triduum

so that we see through the "veil of the descriptions" to its substance.

The three days together form a homogeneous whole

and must be celebrated as a "memorial".

For the believing Jew

the circumference of a "memorial"

goes far beyond the radius of "memory".

We are called not merely to remember these events as part of history,

but to recognise their presence beyond time in the NOW.

When Jesus washes the feet of his disciples,

he is operating not so much out of his human substance,

but out of his "divine substance"

that lies at the core of his being.

The Genesis story of the creation of human beings

emphasises this fact that God breathed into their nostrils

the breath of life

so that they became LIVING BEINGS.

We participate in the divine nature.

We have our BEING IN GOD.