Jubilate! Rejoice! Celebrate! Great suffering has been transformed into joy! This isn’t the anticipatory joy of Advent’s Gaudete! Sunday. This isn’t the fleeting joyful rest of Lent’s Laetare! Sunday – This is a rejoicing that follows the sacrificial suffering and death of Jesus. I vaguely remember this coming Sunday from my earliest years of childhood. As soon as I read the Latin word “Jubilate” during my research this week for a retreat – memories of the word and the music that accompanied it, came rushing back. I wondered why as an adult I’ve not experienced this celebration within liturgy. Was it because the Psalms it’s grounded in (#66 and #100) aren’t always a part of the Sunday liturgy anymore on this Sunday? Are they a part of only one cycle of readings? It seems to me that this particular “joy” should be celebrated and honored just as much as our other two Sundays designated as “joy” Sundays. In fact, it seems that today’s world needs this particular celebration much more perhaps. In our suffering world, why not look deeply at what God was willing to do when he sent his Son to live, suffer and die in our midst. Unless we look at this – how can we celebrate fully the Resurrection? You cannot have one without the other. Why not look at this model of sacrificial love as a way for us to understand our faith journey and our mission in this world today. Relegating this Easter Season to one disconnected from our Lenten journeys doesn’t seem right. Should we place our Lenten work, the “rending” our of hearts, torn open and left vulnerable to God’s saving grace back on the shelf until next year or should we carry this into the Resurrection Season and allow our great sorrowing to be transformed into joy? Somewhere back in history, the church gave us a place to do this – Jubilate! Sunday – this year it would be this coming Sunday -April 22nd. Whether it’s celebrated formally in parished or not, we each can choose to build a bridge in our faith journey and carry our Lenten offerings into this weekend and offer them up to be transformed in the knowledge that Christ is Risen. As we listen to The Gospel of Luke‘s 24th chapter being proclaimed, we can enter the room and join the disciples as they recount the stories of Jesus. When Jesus appears, standing in their midst and saying “Peace be with you.” we can hear those words spoken into our lives and simultaneously say Jubilate!– Rejoice – He is risen!
Open Event Opportunity: I would love to have all who can join me this Saturday, Aprils 21st for a Retreat where we’ll continue to break open the joy of the Easter Season. Go to the Benet Hill Link at right to register for “Illuminating God’s Love”!