I have been thinking a lot about Job lately. Here was a guy who lost everything he held dearly in this life for seemingly the most capricious of reasons. Not only that, but, when his best friends heard of his plight, they went to visit him and rub his face in his own misery. Yet, in the midst of the torment and the struggle, he cried out, "I know that my redeemer lives!" (Job 19:25)
As scared and afraid as I am, the hope and the joy of the coming of Easter overcomes all of it. With him and, I pray, with all of you, I proclaim: I know that my redeemer lives!
The power of sin and death have been vanquished by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The witness of the spotless lamb being put to death for us sinners then rising to open for us the gates of heaven is a daily reminder of how the joy of Easter and life in the resurrection always comes after the challenges and trials of the Cross and Good Friday.
Yes, we are in the midst of a painful suffering, an undeserved beating, an isolating separation from each other, but we also believe, if we persevere through the flames and pains, the other side of this particular Cross is something greater, something better than our wildest dreams could have ever imagined.
What it is exactly only time and the eyes of faith will reveal to us, but, as we walk these last days of Lent and begin the days of Easter ahead, God is writing His greatest masterpiece in our hearts at this very moment.
So today, and every day, we walk with a special closeness to Jesus on His way to Calvary, into the tomb, then into the light of the Resurrection.
Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr. Patrick Hyde, OP
Fr. Patrick is a Dominican priest and the Campus Minister.