Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 7, 2012

Matthew Eusterman

4th Year Dental Student

Holy Saturday
Gn 1:1-2:2
Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 OR Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22
Gn 22:1-18

“Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth.” -Isaiah 12:5

This day, more than any other during our year, is the forefront of the clash of belief and unbelief.  Today, modern day atheism writes books claiming “God is not great” and “God is a delusion;” it claims “God is dead.”  Such claims are centered around the age-old argument:  how can an all-loving, all-powerful God allow such evil and despair in our world?  It is on this sorrowful day where this question is ultimately resolved with utter awe and glory.

The resolution of this problem of evil is perfectly embodied in Jesus.  Today he lays dead in a tomb, his body almost unrecognizable after enduring the unspeakable horrors of the crucifixion.  He was blameless and innocent, yet subjected himself to the worst our humanity had to offer.  Even when the crowd yelled, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God” (Lk 23:35), he did not spurn the cross. 

If death is the end, as atheism argues, then it is appropriate to ask, how can an all-loving and powerful God exist?  However, if death is not the end and our compassionate God humbled himself to the point of death on a cross, then such a question which is innately laced with doubt, no longer has weight.  And this is indeed what we see; suffering is not the end, death is not the end; there is more than this material world. 

We mourn today with great hope.  On the brink of unbelief, we are given a glorious Savior, for tonight we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead.  To use the words from the Exsultet, a prayer specifically reserved for tonight’s Easter Vigil, “This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. What good would life have been to us, had Christ not come as our Redeemer? Father, how wonderful your care for us!  How boundless your merciful love!”   We proclaim with confidence Christ crucified; his death is no longer a stumbling block or foolishness (1 Cor 1:23).  He is our most gracious Savior, delivering us from our sins by taking our place, conquering death so that we may have eternal life with him.  Tonight, be not unbelieving, but believe.  Allow the gift of his life, death, and resurrection to be your purpose and endurance in this life.

"O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55)  Rejoice!  He is risen!  Alleluia!

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