SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
n October 2008, when my Mother died, I experienced a great sense of lost. Back home we have the tomb basically in our back yard and I visited her grave again and again. But any time I went to the tomb it was sadness. I literally experienced deep pain and sorrows in my soul. I can imagine the same thing happened with Mary Magdalene when she went to the tomb; the first day of the week was for her a day of sadness. She realized she did not only lose a dear and good friend but also it was her hope in the future that was vanished from her. However this day of sadness will soon become the “Domenica Dies”, the Day of the Lord, the day of the resurrection.
Historically, we can affirm that the first Christian community met regularly on Sunday to have their weekly meeting. It was in this context of their weekly meeting that Jesus showed himself to them. The apparitions which are some manifestation post resurrection marked a very important moment in the revelation. Every Sunday renew for the disciples that specific Sunday time when Jesus the risen Lord mysteriously stood in their midst and spoke to them. As probably many of you might know, Sunday became a day of rest for the entire Roman Empire until 321 under Constantinople. As we look at the historical quest of the Sunday which is the day of Lord many would agree that the first Christian community anticipated very quickly to affirm that faith is not just an individual experience rather a community experience. This weekly meeting they had regularly was the center of the Christian faith.
As the Gospel described it; this is a new day, a specific time that the Christian community practically can’t live without these meetings on the day of Lord. They meet together to share the word of God and the breaking of the bread. It was a weekly meeting where everyone felt that they belong to the same family as followers of Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. Everyone shares the same commitment and being fortified by the breaking of the bread with great love for a new week and a new horizon. A meeting or gathering that gives new purpose to their lives. So definitely, this new day cannot be a day of sadness rather a day of joy to experience the ocean of mercy of God the Father Almighty who raises Jesus from dead. This is your day; this is my day to say yes to Jesus I believe even though I don’t see. This is the day to leave our incredulity behind us and embrace the adventure of faith which is a genuine experience of surrendering our own selves to Jesus and sing every day Alleluia, Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia.
Rev. Ducasse François,
This is the day
the Lord has made ;
let us rejoice
and be glad.