News of Great Joy
For behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
What?!?!?! Wrong holiday. Father Pete you are too tired and it is late and you are confusing Midnight Mass on Christmas with the Easter Vigil. Maybe, I am just checking to see if YOU are awake and paying attention.
But really the message of divine joy is one and the same MYSTERY in the person of Jesus Christ, proclaimed by angels, born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus preached, healed, prayed and loved to the extreme by suffering and dying by crucifixion.
And tonight we hear an angel of God say to the women, instead of to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” And on hearing this news, the women went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples.
Today I bring you tidings of great joy! For those with eyes of faith, God’s news is always good and we hear that joyful theme throughout the readings we have heard tonight.
From Genesis: God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Good news. This earth is God’s beautiful creation; we are glad to live in it and care for it.
God put Abraham to the test. And in his testing, his faith was proven strong and solid. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.” That is great news for us who are put to the test with faith challenges of our own.
Isaiah 54 -Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken. Great and joyful news from the prophet Isaiah about our God who will NEVER EVER leave us.
Isaiah 55 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. That is good news of God’s Plan that seems at times hard to understand. We trust in God whose ways and thoughts are not the ways of human beings.
Baruch- before whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice; when he calls them, they answer, “Here we are!” shining with joy for their Maker. The stars shine with joy??!!?? YES, indeed. All of Creation speaks of the grandeur and love and goodness of God.
Tonight is a night when we dare to proclaim the goodness of God in a world that is filled with terror, that responds with violence, in a country that seems to be on the brink of another war, with people who are fearful for many different reasons. Behold, LOOK, PAY ATTENTION. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR … PHONE and LOOK UP to the God who wants to fill you with love and joy! BECAUSE Jesus, true God and true man, was born into our human condition. He knows what we experience. He knows that we suffer. He knows that we fear death. And in His resurrection, LIFE, JOY and LOVE always triumph.
Those who receive any of the seven sacraments, are impregnated with Jesus and like the women at the tomb go forth overjoyed and announce this GOOD NEWS to others.
Esta noche, escuchamos buenas noticias que anunció el ángel a las mujeres al sepulcro de Jesús. Y después, Jesús mismo salió al encuentro de la tumba y las saludó. Entonces les dijo Jesús: “No tengan miedo”. Jesús «los llevaba a la alegría: la alegría de la resurrección, la alegría de su presencia en medio de ellas».
Celebramos la resurrección del Señor Jesucristo en medio de la noche. En la oscuridad, es común tener miedo porque no podemos ver alrededor de nosotros y pensamos que algo malo está esperándonos más allá. Pero Jesus es Emmanuel – Dios Con Nosotros como hemos escuchado en la celebración de su Natividad. Dios Con Nosotros tiene un significado más profundo en la resurrección del Señor. Por medio de los sacramentos especialmente, Jesus, la verdadera presencia y poder de Dios está siempre con nosotros. No debemos tener miedo de ninguna cosa en este mundo, aunque existen la violencia, el terrorismo, la inquietud de muchas cosas.
Un cristiano debe preguntarse: «Pero, ¿tú hablas con Jesús? ¿Le dices: Jesús, creo que estás vivo, que has resucitado, que estás cerca de mí, que no me abandonas?». Este es el «diálogo con Jesús», propio de la vida cristiana, animado por la certeza de que «Jesús está siempre con nosotros, está siempre con nuestros problemas, con nuestras dificultades y con nuestras obras buenas». Jesus resucitó. ALELUIA. ALELUIA.