“Are you really alive again, Lord?” … Saturday, June 8

The Resurrection

The Resurrection. “Are you really alive, Lord?” … “I AM.”

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even if he die, shall live.” Matthew 28:8. In the Old Testament Moses met God at the burning bush. God commissioned him to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land. That was a tall order. Moses knew his people well. Their first question would be, “Who says?” And that’s logical, reasonable enough. The Israelites knew the Egyptian gods. Who was this New Comer? And God told Moses that His name was “I Am.” Have you ever noticed how often Jesus says “I am”? When the Temple guards came for Him in the garden and wondered which of the group was Jesus He said “I am he.” And the guards fell back to the ground in shock. When the High Priest, at Jesus’ trial, commanded Him to tell them if He was the Christ, the Son of the Most High, He replied, “I am”. At which point the High Priest tore his garment and cried out, “You have heard the blasphemy!” Things often get lost in translation. The New Testament was written in Greek but the conversations were in Aramaic. So what we read was spoken in Aramaic, written down in Greek, translated into Latin, and then translated again into English. And all of this can be, and is, dogmatically sound but that doesn’t mean every subtle nuance is brought out in translation. Why did the Temple guards fall back in shock? Why did the High Priest tear his clothing and shout “Blasphemy!”  Simple. When Jesus said “I am”? He used the Divine Name in these instances. Or at least I believe He did. Others may hold a different opinion, that’s OK, this isn’t dogma. But He was claiming to be God. That’s a shock, and if you don’t believe it that makes it blasphemy too. A person can claim anything, can’t they? Proving it is another matter. Only the Creator, only the I Am, has life within Himself and can give life, create life. The proving that He was and IS I Am came on Sunday morning. If you’d been there to see Him come out of the tomb a logical question would have been, “Is it really you, Lord? Are you really alive?” And His answer would no doubt have been, “I AM”.

Today …

St. William of York

William of York was the son of Count Herbert, treasurer to Henry I. His mother Emma, was the half-sister of King William. Young William became treasurer of the church of York at an early age and was elected archbishop of York in 1140. William’s election was challenged on the grounds of simony and unchastity. He was cleared by Rome, but later, a new Pope, the Cistercian Eugene III, suspended William, and in 1147, he was deposed as archbishop of York. William then retired to Winchester where he led the austere life of a monk, practicing much prayer and mortification. Upon the death of his accusers and Eugene III, Pope Anastastius IV restored William his See and made him archbishop. However, after one month back in York, the saintly prelate died in the year 1154. Some claim he was poisoned by the archdeacon of York, but no record of any resolution in the case remains extant. Pope Honorius III canonized William in 1227. Our saint went through a lot. He had a hard time of it. His life as a Christian was constantly being called into question. Was he a Christian or an opportunist?And to the question, “Are you a Christian?” he always answered, “I am”.

Quote … “Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.” ~ Pope John XXIII ~

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