Day 26, Nicene Creed, 18th Line
and rose again on the third day
Sometimes, while praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, I imagine the Sacred Heart of Jesus lying cold and silent in His chest for three days. Then, all of a sudden… Ba-BOOM… Ba-BOOM… Ba-BOOM Ba-BOOM Ba-BOOM Ba-BOOM!
His motionless lungs inhale, then exhale. His fiery eyes spring open. And I hear Sandy Patti’s voice in my head, “Did the grass sing? Did the earth rejoice to feel you agaaaaaaaaaain??”
(What can I say? I was raised on Sandi Patty.)
This is everything. Not just that Jesus died, and not even just that He rose from the dead once a long time ago, but that He is risen. He defeated death, and is alive now and forever. His sacred heart is still beating for us, His lungs still breathing new life into us, and His fiery eyes still gazing upon us with love and mercy.
On Easter, we will be able to embrace this mystery more fully. But today, still in the midst of our Lenten journey, we get to look forward to the miracle that lies ahead of us.
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project.