The Resurrection of Jesus is nor a past event. It happens
in our own Community all the time. Jesus is working
among us, from one year to the next, transforming each
of us, and transforming our Parish. We should experience
the Resurrection of Jesus, as we see our selves change,
and as we see our Parish change. For we are asked to
change ourselves, and we are asked to change our Parish
Community, so that Jesus can be seen working among us
in a new age, and in a new culture. We are called to
adopt ourselves and our Parish in changing times, and
it is only when we can see that change taking place
among us that young people, and not so young, can believe
that Jesus is raised and lives amongst us. If we do
not change ourselves, and change our Parishes, our people
will begin to believe that Jesus is still in the tomb,
or is no more.
The Risen Jesus
who is not seen or experienced to be working amongst
us is irrelevant to a new generation. This is why we
talk so much about people becoming involved in Parish
life, and taking ownership of their own Parish. Jesus
draws our young generation to himself in a parish that
is alive, active, and changing to meet the challenges
of the modern world. He draws young people to himself
also in a parish in which they feel wanted and loved;
and in a Parish in which they are welcome to be involved.
They are not impressed by a passive church, or an unenthusiastic
Community of Faith. The reason is very simple: In an
unenthusiastic community of Faith in which people are
not actively involved they cannot see the Risen Jesus
at work, and they cannot see the five wounds of victory
for which they are searching with open hearts. So we
thank God tonight for all those leaders in our community
who work hard to involve all of us in our Parish. We
thank God tonight for all those who are reading the
signs of the times, and are becoming more involved in
Parish life all the time... The Holy Spirit who comes
from the Risen Jesus is working in our community, and
we filled with gratitude when we see, and experience
this work of the Risen Jesus amongst us.
We live in a
world in which the presence of God is often ignored.
We can easily get the impression from modern culture
that he is irrelevant, despite the fact that without
him we have created a society in which there has never
been so much emotional and mental suffering. It has
yet to dawn on our world that without God and Prayer
we are an empty people for there is a spiritual dimension
to our nature that we ignore to our peril. For if we
ignore the spiritual dimension of our nature, it will
break out in us like a rash on our skin, causing much
pain and suffering.
of the modern media often help to create a closed universe
in which God and Prayer is excluded. The spiritual world,
which deals with the great questions of life and death
are often sidelined, or given marginal or cynical treatment.
This is why we as individuals, and as a Community must
work together to make Jesus known, and encountered among
us through creating a Parish where all are welcomed
and valued, and where all be long, and none are excluded.
We must create a Parish in which the “Table of
the Eucharist” is central, and in which the totality
of our lives flows from it and flows to it. We must
create a Parish in which people can authentically say:
I have seen the Lord; He is truly Risen. Alleluia, alleluia.