Everything has Changed

7 Jun

Everything has changed. Something new is happening. God, the great king of the universe, became one of us. The all-powerful, creator of all that is and will be, the maker and exemplar of all beauty, holiness, truth, and love, became man. God joined himself to human nature even more intimately than two lovers are joined in the union of ecstasy, and when He humbled Himself to share in our humanity He gave us the means to share in His own divinity – His own divine essence. Jesus is the Emmanuel, “God-with-us.”

He did not simply undo that primeval catastrophe – He one-upped suffering and death by changing the rules. Now suffering can not only be healed but transformed by Him. Arrogance, war, death, starvation, fear, greed, and hate (to name a few) have taken hold of humanity from the first days of our existence. Everyone can see that the world is not perfect and humankind has been stumbling throughout history. In the words of author Walter Miller, Jr., “Man… tied his own shoelaces together in Eden, can’t get them untied, and refuses to walk barefoot.”

Now everything has changed. He has come and given us a means of becoming one with Him – of being transformed into new men and women. God became one of us not for the righteous, but for sinners like me and you. He came in the silence of the night like the dawn breaking forth upon a land long forgotten, and now two thousand years later He is still with us, pouring His grace upon us through the Sacraments of the Church. He has remained so that people of all time might become one with Him. Today, right now, this is possible. Angels and Airwaves sums it up nicely – “There’s the strangest excitement today. If you’re awake then you’re welcome to hear. I got a gift and it blew me away, from the far Eastern sea straight to here.”

Suffering and death have been overthrown. The coup is successful. We don’t need to whisper any more, but we shout it out now in the words of the joyous proclamation sung in every Roman Catholic church at the Easter vigil: “Let all the corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.”

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