Resurrection Station, Magallanes Church

Station 14
Garden of the Way of the Cross
St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church, 
Humabon Place, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Completed 2002

Gifts of the Resurrection
April 5, 2019

The resurrection inspires one of the most valuable patterns of our lives: that what follows sadness is joy.  It speaks of hope, and the chance to begin again.  We may sometimes think of ourselves as “crucified” by circumstance, but to remember the resurrection is to be reminded of hope, like the cloud’s silver lining that hints at the glory of a brilliant sun.

Aside from hope, there is another gift of the resurrection.  One recalls the story from Luke 24:  “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” 

In other words, “Why do you look for him here?” 

One can think of Jesus’ burial cave as something like the core of our hearts and minds, and how it is in their deepest recesses that we hope to find our Lord.  It is true that we find Him there, but not in the way we expect.  What we find is the question “Why do you look for him here?”  As He taught us when He was alive, the answer is outside ourselves.  The answer is in our neighbor.  This for me is another lesson of the resurrection: the opportunity not only to begin again but also to find the answer in our neighbor.  The second gift of the resurrection is love.