Religion and race have always had a way with the clash between politics. The clashes, collisions have taken place historically and up to the present day. Where we hear of the divides between Church and State, or the deep rooted connections between Church and State. We could take the organizational view to the level of the individual. Where ones belief is inherently connected to ones daily living and activities.
This is what I meditated upon as I reflected upon the days of Easter. As I took part in the Lenten Season with The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — America’s Catholic Church up to the day of Easter. I appreciated your readings, sermons, beautiful choirs and angelic voices to commemorate Easter. Thank you.
I think that as Palm Sunday arrives there are a mix of emotions and feelings where there is the joy of Christ Jesus who enters the lands of Jerusalem on a Donkey. Only to know of what would take place with the crucifix of pain. Real pain and suffering. It is also a time where we are challenged in-terms of Church and State. To imagine a point of balance where one should be able to commemorate as desired, given the human freedom of choice and religion. Even as we bear this deep pain, suffering, and try to foster religious unity, cohesion, with fierce oppositions. Not everyone can and not everyone will embrace and respect ones belief.
As we are given hope and renewal of the Risen Christ – I wondered if Christ Jesus felt the pain of physical wounds through a spiritual form? Maybe the wounds were expressions rather than from physical pain? But there is a deep cause for celebration. As the Risen Christ is the very beginning of faith – thus the Baptism’s performed during the Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, and celebrations as assimilated to Christmas.
It is with these words I would like to thank all who were able to make Easter Services possible. It is with great joy that we were able to see crowds of people enter Catholic Cathedrals, Churches and places of worship, as the Coronavirus – COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease or are completely lifted. I also appreciated to see the livestream Easter Mass at the beginning of the Paschal Triduum from the Holy Father Pope Francis in Rome, Italy. Especially to share the joy of worshippers to being able to participate in Mass and Services. Thank you everyone for your love and prayers. Happy Easter 2022! God Bless You!
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- These thoughts were originally hand-written on April 20. 2022.
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