May we find life in death, seeking the living at every turn and never shying away from the call to new life

April 28, 2017

Seeking the living by Colleen Gibson Apr. 21, 2017 in

“While they were puzzling over the empty tomb, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to the women. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised’ ” (Luke 24:4-6).

Colleen Gibson writes:

It can be tempting in our current reality to point to the dead rather than the living, to dwell on the constricting structures that we are part of that keep us from truly being alive or that keep our institutes from reaching their full potential.  Yet Pope Francis reminds us in The Church of Mercy, “How often does Love have to tell us, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’ Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness … and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!”

Christ, after all, wasn’t resurrected into a perfect world. He returned to the same place and people who had crucified him days before. The world hadn’t changed; the life he lived in it did — and that, mixed with the promise of faith fulfilled, made all the difference.

“The Lord is alive and wants to be sought among the living,” Francis recounted in his homily at the Easter Vigil last year.” After having found him, each person is sent out by him to announce the Easter message, to awaken and resurrect hope in hearts burdened by sadness, in those who struggle to find meaning in life. … As joyful servants of hope, we must announce the Risen One by our lives and by our love.”

Christ is dwelling in our midst these Easter days, and the true process of transformation and resurrection comes when we can find redeeming life in what might otherwise seem quite ordinary.

We are called to be living witnesses to a faith that isn’t safe or comfortable or even logical.

We are a resurrection people. May we find life in death, seeking the living at every turn and never shying away from the call to new life.

Colleen Gibson is a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. Author of the blog Wandering in Wonder, she currently serves as assistant director of campus ministry at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.