We are about to enter into a most sacred time in Christian liturgical experience: the Sacred Triduum, where some persons say that we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus as the “first fruits of the new creation”. As I was pondering on this miracle of God’s intervention into my–no, all of our lives, the word commemoration just didn’t do it for me. Being a member of Christ’s body, I began to think about the liturgies (from the ancient Greek for “works”) that will take place and came to a feeling of calm and peace, yet one of yearning for these experiences because they are more than “commemorations”; they are the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus taking place in kairos time and not kronos, or chronological time….
The liturgies or the works of the worshipping communities will be making REAL the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. Ontologically speaking, these events will not only remember but will make real for us; through the sacraments instituted by Christ; his own Passion, Death, and Resurrection. I am humbled to be a part of this kairos moment when God intervenes into humanity’s life and graces it with the redemptive suffering that wrought our justification and righteousness.
Blessed be God, praised be God, for in this year of Mercy, God’s merciful love makes real our salvation!