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Marist Bulletin - Number 135

 

EASTER SUNDAY EYES
11/04/2004

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EASTER SUNDAY EYES
Seán D. Sammon, FMS

Good evening. Asked to describe his work, the first of three stonemasons replied, “I cut rocks.” Almost immediately his coworker responded to the same request by saying, “I build walls.” The last of the three stonemasons was different. He took a few moments before answering and then proclaimed proudly, “I help raise up cathedrals for God’s glory.”
Three men.
Three unique responses.
Three different ways of looking at life.
But what does this story have to do with the resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate today? On one level, the tale of three stone masons reminds us that to find our sense of purpose and meaning in life we must look within. The three men did much the same work, but the experience of each was unique.
As Christians you and I proclaim that Jesus has risen and that we are saved. But the lives of more than a few of us hardly reflect what we insist we believe. Actually, we resemble Good Friday people more than an Easter Sunday crowd.
And the reason for this discrepancy? Like the stone masons, it lies in our outlook. We find it so very hard to believe that God loved us first, and not only first but also unconditionally. That’s right: God loved you and me first and unconditionally. We do not have to do anything to earn God’s love. It’s given freely, almost recklessly.
Consider for a moment a time in life when you were in love. Did the person who was the object of your affection have to do anything to earn that affection, or were you content just to be in the presence of that person. Well, it’s the same with God.
Now Marcellin was an Easter Sunday person, despite the Jansenism and the Rigorism that marked his age. How else could he say, time and again, “To love God, yes, to love God, and to make God known and loved, that is what a brother’s life should be.” Simple, isn’t it? He also was fond of saying, “I cannot see children and young people without wanting to tell them just how much God loves them.”
Today we celebrate the outcome of that love. The death and resurrection of Jesus transformed our world forever, and, we need to begin to act accordingly. That means taking the gospel seriously and doing something about these often stone cold hearts of ours.
Jesus made it very simple: “Love God,” he said, “and love your neighbor as you would yourself.” This Easter let’s shift our gaze and look at our world through the eyes of the third stonemason; yes, let’s take a look at our world through Easter Sunday Eyes. That would be Good News for all to hear, indeed. Happy Easter.

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