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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

The liturgy of the Easter Vigil today -an extremely rich in symbolism- leads us finally to the truth of the Resurrection and the victory of life over death. Seven readings from the Old Testament and two New Testament reading are like the history of mankind from the moment of creation to that climax, when God makes the New Heaven and the New Earth in Christ. After the creation God saw that everything He had made was very good. Unfortunately, didn’t see it - and probably to this day cannot see – created man. That's why you had the whole history of mankind, that what was once good should finally be restored, so that the whole creation has to be restored to the original goodness. God did this ultimately in Christ by His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

Holy Saturday is the third day of Holy Paschal Triduum, which by night vigil; the Easter Vigil goes into a joyful Easter Sunday. Let's enter for a while in its atmosphere and mood.

First, on this day we have a joyful and solemn silence as if waiting for something extraordinary, something astonishing. Later in the evening, or rather in the night we participate in the solemn celebration of the Easter Vigil, which through signs and symbols of fire, water and light leads us to a profound truth of the victory of good over evil, of death and resurrection, of creation anew of what God has done at the beginning. The liturgy of the Easter Vigil is an extremely rich in symbolism and leads us finally to the truth of the Resurrection and the victory of life over death. Fire and the Paschal sacrifice that opens the Easter Vigil liturgy remind us of Christ, "Who is the light for revelation to the Gentiles," Who came into the world to "enlighten every human being."

Easter Vigil Liturgy of the Word with its magnificent all readings interspersed with the singing of psalms opens up a treasure of Scripture. It is a time of deep and solemn meditation and reflection that begins with consideration of the origins of the world, the dawn of mankind, the fall of man, the first covenant with Abraham, the second covenant with Moses and the Exodus. This reflection leads us through the messianic announcement of the prophet Isaiah, Ezekiel, Baruch and the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, in which he emphatically compares the Sacrament of Baptism to the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

And at the end of the Gospel announces to us the good news of the Resurrection of the Lord. These meditations lead us through the ages and show the fact that Jesus through his passion, death and resurrection made ​​a new creation. However, to participate in this New Creation we need to put on a new creation.

That's why we have the whole history of mankind, so that what was good at the beginning should finally be restored to the whole creation, to the original goodness. Christ did this just by his Passion Death and Resurrection. . There is only one more tiny detail: it's necessary for me to be "clothed" in this new creation. I have to be mature and I need to recognize, and accept all the efforts of God. Otherwise - for me - all this trouble of the new creation will be useless.

Participating in this solemn and beautiful liturgy, renewing our baptismal promises we should not forget about what Saint Paul says: "So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus." A small step has to be done only by me. Everything else was done by God. Am I able to do this one, only one, tiny step in the direction of God?

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