Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

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Random Thought 1: This is my blog for Easter but there is so much more that we contemplate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday it is difficult to summarize. I can tell you that I personally prepare myself for the Holy Week by watching the Passion of the Christ, which includes the Last Supper, the Garden of Olives, and the Resurrection. But it concentrates on the depth of suffering and violence involved in the Crucifixion. It is necessary for me to contemplate the words of Jesus as I absorb the torment he absorbs: no one takes my life, but I lay it down freely. With his divine power Jesus could have stopped the whole scene at his trial, but this was the Father’s will to continue this charade of justice.

        The height of the love and compassion of Jesus comes for me when Mary, his blessed mother, comes to him as he passes with his cross. In the midst of the commotion of the via dolorosa, they look into each other’s eyes immediately exchanging their love and Jesus says from his disfigured face, “see I make everything new again,” at this point I burst into tears, asking the Lord to forgive my sins, and it happens every time I watch this scene.

        The movie ends with a brief part that shows the great light of glory, the empty tomb, the undisturbed shroud, and a flash of the risen Body and its wound of crucifixion. Enough for us who believe to convince us of the conquering of death and the entering of eternal life. Not just life outside of time but life in a different form, a different dimension that does not include death nor suffering or anything corporeal as we know it. Our redemption was paid with a great price.


645        By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same body that had ben tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his Passion. Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm. For this reason too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples, precisely to awaken their faith.