Easter Sunday - I Class Feast with I Class Octave
Epistle: I Cor. 5:7-8 [Reject the old leaven in favor of the new.]
Gospel: Mk. 16:1-7 [Mark's Resurrection.]
Full Latin-English propers here.
Today we see Our Divine Lover, Our Nymphios (Bridegroom, i.e. Ecce Homo) gloriously magnified. Today we see Him in the new life He offers us. Today Our Lover comes down to His garden. We are His Bride. He wants to be with us. He wants to give us that life of infinite joy that He alone, as God, has the ability to give. It is a life of loving Christ. Christ wants us to love Him. When you love someone, just being with them gives you great joy. It is a joy that human language cannot describe, because human language just isn't powerful enough. It must be experienced to be understood. Christ wants you to love Him so that you can share this joy. Christ already loves you and just wants to be with you. All He wants from you is to reciprocate that love. Your Divine Lover wants you to love Him in return. If you share in His love and return His love, rejecting the world to be with Him alone, then you shall live that life of infinite joy where suffering and sin do not exist.
It is rejecting the world to be with Christ alone that is the hard part. That is our suffering. That is our passion. If we survive that, then we win the victory with Christ and will be joined to Him in infinite joy. It is very great suffering, but it is love of God, which overflows into love of neighbor, that gives us the strength to bear the suffering. Love motivates us to suffer, knowing that on the other side is victory, that life of joy, that makes the suffering worth it. Today, in the Resurrection, we have a preview of that victory. We see the victory in Christ. We see Christ in that new life. We see that we will share in that victory and life of infinite joy if we reject the world in favor of life with Christ alone.
We look again at the world as see just how difficult it is to reject it. Rejecting the world brings great suffering. However, not rejecting the world brings about even greater suffering: Eternal Hellfire. Rejecting the world and being with Christ alone brings that life of joy that completes us. Only at that point are we satisfied. Any other life always leaves us desiring more. The pleasure might be brief, it might be long-lasting, but it always ends. Even if it takes a while, it still leaves us wanting more. Only that life with Christ can complete us, leaving us satisfied. Everything else passes, even if it takes a while. This is what St. Paul exhorts us to today: to throw out the old leaven in favor of the new leaven. We cannot keep any of the old. We cannot keep attachments to the world. We must attach ourselves to Christ alone. He is Our Bridegroom, Our Lover. Because He loves us, He wants to with us. He loves us and wants us to reciprocate His love. There is no room for another. He calls us to reject the world in favor of union with Him alone. It is difficult suffering to reject the world, but He suffered first. He already suffered and rose to this new life He wants to give us. Today we see Him in this life. He wants us to follow Him through the suffering that comes with following Him, rejecting all others. If we are faithful to Him, we will be with Our Lover in His garden forever in this new life to which He has risen today.