April 17 - Easter Celebration
In the Fourth Week of his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to experience joy as we share in the consolation of the Risen Christ. We prayerfully contemplate the great love God has for us and the blessings he has bestowed upon us. In response we ask for the grace to love as God loves, and to manifest in deeds this boundless love that is given and received. Our Lenten journey guided us to many encounters with Jesus, as we sought his mercy and love throughout the forty days. How wonderful to contemplate the reaction of Mary of Magdala at the tomb of Jesus. She is graced to be the first to begin the journey from darkness to light that brings us the true joy of Easter. Contemplating this amazing event might prompt me to ask. “When, in my own life, has God amazed me?” Our Easter joy is rooted in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We need not look far; he is right there! Rejoice and be glad!