Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday ~ "I Have Found You!"




Moments before his death on the cross, Jesus spoke his last words: "It is finished." Then his body was taken down, hastily washed and prepared for burial. But there was one thing more for Jesus to do - an invisible thing!

In this painting by Fra Angelico (1395-1455) who seems to paint with light, we see Jesus in the last great act of his love. While his body rests in the tomb awaiting the Resurrection of Easter morning, Jesus, in some way unknown to us, descended into hell, the Sunday Creed says. What does this mean?

He went in search of all those who had gone before him in death. And today, Jesus goes to the inner place where I am in any way imprisoned. Perhaps it is where there is some unrelenting, personal heaviness. He searches for me where I am imprisoned in some regrettable, mistaken choice that causes sorrow and pin. Jesus goes where I hide inwardly, the place of my loneliness and the isolation I feel perhaps because of lovelessness or selfishness.

And then, like a child who plays Hide and Seek, he tears the place apart, searching in every dark crevice of shame and abuse, ignorance and fear, resentment, addiction or depression. And there he announces, "I have found you! I have found you!"

Fra Angelico has painted a wonder! Scroll back  to the top and look again! In my meditation: feel the depth of the cavernous room, the kicked-down-door which has crushed the demon, while another on the far left flees. Each of us can name these realities. And now I can tuck myself in the middle of the surprised and much-relieved crowd: "I once was lost but now am found..."

12 comments:

  1. Jesus find me in my despair. Sometimes I feel invisible to others even when I cry out for help.

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    1. I don't know you, of course, but I do understand depression and despair. And sometimes, when the help is not forthcoming from others, perhaps they are not paying attention or they are ill-equipped to help, then we may have to pay for the assist we need. I did that, and it changed my life. We don't have to go the broken-sad way. Easter-Spring says growth and change!

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    2. Therapy is a life saver, but I was only trying to say that Jesus is the only one who truly gets us. And as good as my therapist might be, it would be nice for someone who is close to your heart in a personal way would listen and understand. A real friend can be our Jesus on earth in that moment of despair, or frustration, or sadness. I hope you have friends like that Father, because when you don't it is harder to remain free of the darkness.

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    3. I do indeed, thank you for asking. I'm glad you took the time to nuance your thoughts which originally sounded dark indeed. Friendship is harder to come by these days as we zoom around in the superficiality of social media. It appears to bring us close together, but I don't see that happening. Blessed Easter!

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  2. Jesus trampling death by finding us who sit in the shadows waiting. While the soldiers guarded his tomb, Jesus was rescuing those who waited in darkness, preparing for His resurrection. Just as we wait for Him to guide us from the dark and into the light of salvation.

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    1. And salvation (one of those mysterious theology-church words) isn't just for the other side of the grave. Driving alone one night in my little yellow 1970's Volkswagon, and suddenly lost in a very scary neighborhood, I said out loud, "Get me out of here!" That's salvation! And when it's an interior reality (you name it) it's salvation all the more. Salvation is very NOW.

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  3. Easter is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It isn’t about eggs, or bunnies, or chocolate, or fancy clothing although I take delight in all of that. Rather it is about the incredibly amazing truth that life wins! Jesus entered into that which we fear to prove that eternal life is true. Death is defeated as Jesus sets the souls free and the devil trampled and is fleeing. Praise be the Lord!

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  4. You do good work here Father Stephen. You teach, you counsel, you spread the Word of God and you grow our faith and spiritual lives in an original and creative way. May God bless you and keep you and continue to inspire you.

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  5. As Lent has ended and we await the Risen Lord, I just want to say thank you for all that you do to help us find Jesus in our lives.

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  6. And thank you and all the other folks for checking in on the posts throughout Lent. I send a blessing for the Easter time. Christ is Risen!

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  7. Ah, the pain of unrelenting personal heaviness and Him going to where I hide inwardly in my loneliness, letting me know He has found me. He really loves us that much, if we let Him. It makes the loneliness less lonely. The depths of His love for me are endless. He finds us in our pain and loves us through it!

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  8. For all that Jesus says in the gospels, perhaps this resonates most deeply, "I call you friends..." John 15:15

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