Spiritual Reflection 4/16/23

Savoring the Mysteries

A week ago Saturday, several of our members were received into Full Communion with the Church in the highly impressive ceremony of the Easter Vigil. They have spent the past year preparing for this moment. Following through several steps, including the Rite of Election in the Cathedral with Archbishop Perez, these aspiring Catholics drew closer and closer to the full practice of the Faith. In the Vigil Rite, they are invited to finally join us in the celebration and reception of the Eucharist. All throughout the world, men and women professed their faith and were finally joined with all their brothers and sisters.

As they go forth to live out their Christian life, they, along with each of us, are invited into a deeper relationship with the Easter Mysteries; that is, the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord. The Fifty Days of Easter make up the period of “Mystagogy,” a fancy Greek word which simply means “to savor the Mysteries.” The entire Easter Season is a time for the newly initiated and the entire community to deepen their grasp on the Paschal Mystery, through sharing in the Eucharist, meditating on the Easter Scriptures, and sharing works of charity.

Here are a few open-ended or unfinished questions that you might consider as you spend these Easter days “Savoring the Mysteries.” There are no right or wrong answers, just questions which will help us in our quest to know God better and to live at peace with one another.

What is most valuable in my life now?

How can I grow spiritually or emotionally this Easter Season?

What brings me the most joy and how am I going to get more of it?

In what way may I be of service to my brothers and sisters?

Where do I see the Mercy of God?

May the joy of the Easter Season and the Mercy of God give you peace in abundance as you savor God’s goodness to you and to all of our brothers and sisters.

Happy Easter, again!
Father Kennedy