Homily

EASTER VIGIL MASS—CYCLE C—2019 – Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert

EASTER VIGIL MASS–CYCLE C–2019

FIRST READING  Genesis 1:1–2:2

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness coated the abyss, whereas a mighty wind swept over the waters.  Then God stated, “Let there be light,”and there was mild.  God saw how good the mild was.  God then separated the mild from the darkness.  God referred to as the mild “day,” and the darkness he referred to as “night.”  Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day.  Then God stated, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.”  And so it occurred:  God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water under it.  God referred to as the dome “the sky.”  Night came, and morning followed–the second day.  Then God stated, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.”  And so it occurred:  the water underneath the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared.  God referred to as the dry land “the earth,” and the basin of the water he referred to as “the sea.”  God saw how good it was.  Then God stated, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation:  every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.  And so it happened:  the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.  God saw how good it was.  Evening came, and morning followed–the third day.  Then God said:  “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night.  Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.”  And so it occurred:  God made the two nice lights, the larger one to control the day, and the lesser one to control the night time; and he made the stars.  God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed mild upon the earth, to control the day and the night time, and to separate the mild from the darkness.  God saw how good it was.  Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.  Then God stated, “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”  And so it occurred:  God created the great sea monsters and all types of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all types of winged birds.  God noticed how good it was, and God blessed them, saying, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.”  Evening came, and morning followed–the fifth day.  Then God stated, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures:  cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.”  And so it occurred:  God made all types of wild animals, all types of cattle, and all types of creeping things of the earth.  God saw how good it was.  Then God stated:  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.  Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”  God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  God blessed them, saying:  “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.  Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”  God also stated:  “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.”  And so it occurred.  God looked at the whole lot he had made, and he discovered it excellent.  Night came, and morning adopted–the sixth day.  Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array have been completed.  Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.

SECOND READING  Genesis 22:1-18

God put Abraham to the check.  He referred to as to him, “Abraham!”  “Here I am,”  he replied.  Then God stated:  “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.  There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”  Early the subsequent morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him his son Isaac and two of his servants as nicely, and with the wooden that he had reduce for the holocaust, set out for the place of which God had informed him.  On the third day Abraham acquired sight of the place from afar.  Then he stated to his servants:  “Both of you stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go on over yonder.  We will worship and then come back to you.”  Thereupon Abraham took the wood for the holocaust and laid it on his son Isaac’s shoulders, whereas he himself carried the hearth and the knife.  As the two walked on collectively, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham:  “Father!”  Isaac stated.  “Yes, son,” he replied.  Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the holocaust?”  “Son,” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the sheep for the holocaust.”  Then the two continued going forward.  Once they got here to the place of which God had informed him, Abraham built an altar there and organized the wood on it.  Next he tied up his son Isaac, and put him on prime of the wooden on the altar.  Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.  However the Lord’s messenger referred to as to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”  “Here I am!” he answered.  “Do not lay your hand on the boy, ” said the messenger.  “Do not do the least thing to him.  I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”  As Abraham appeared about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.  So he went and took the ram and provided it up as a holocaust in place of his son.  Abraham named the website Yahweh-yireh; therefore individuals now say, “On the mountain the Lord will see.”  Once more the Lord’s messenger referred to as to Abraham from heaven and stated:  “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing–all this because you obeyed my command.”

THIRD READING  Exodus 14:15–15:1

The Lord stated to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?  Tell the Israelites to go forward.  And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the Israelites may pass through it on dry land.  But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate that they will go in after them.  Then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots and charioteers.  The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I receive glory through Pharaoh and his chariots and charioteers.”  The angel of God, who had been leading Israel’s camp, now moved and went around behind them.  The column of cloud also, leaving the front, took up its place behind them, in order that it came between the camp of the Egyptians and that of Israel.  However the cloud now turned dark, and thus the night time passed with out the rival camps coming any nearer collectively all night time long.  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord swept the sea with a robust east wind throughout the night time and so turned it into dry land.  When the water was thus divided, the Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.  The Egyptians followed in pursuit; all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and charioteers went after them right into the midst of the sea.  In the night time watch simply before dawn the Lord forged by means of the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian drive a glance that threw it into a panic; and he so clogged their chariot wheels that they might hardly drive.  With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat earlier than Israel, as a result of the Lord was preventing for them towards the Egyptians.  Then the Lord informed Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their charioteers.”  So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea flowed back to its regular depth.  The Egyptians have been fleeing head on toward the sea, when the Lord hurled them into its midst.  As the water flowed back, it coated the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s entire army which had adopted the Israelites into the sea.  Not a single one of them escaped.  But the Israelites had marched on dry land by way of the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their proper and to their left.  Thus the Lord saved Israel on that day from the energy of the Egyptians.  When Israel noticed the Egyptians lying lifeless on the seashore and beheld the nice power that the Lord had proven towards the Egyptians, they feared the Lord and believed in him and in his servant Moses.  Then Moses and the Israelites sang this track to the Lord:  I’ll sing to the Lord, for he’s gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has forged into the sea.

FOURTH READING  Isaiah 54:5-14

The One who has turn into your husband is your Maker; his identify is the Lord of hosts; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, referred to as God of all the earth.  The Lord calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, a spouse married in youth after which forged off, says your God.  For a quick second I abandoned you, but with great tenderness I’ll take you again.  In an outburst of wrath, for a moment I hid my face from you; but with enduring love I take pity on you, says the Lord, your redeemer.  That is for me like the days of Noah, once I swore that the waters of Noah ought to by no means once more deluge the earth; so I’ve sworn to not be indignant with you, or to rebuke you.  Although the mountains depart their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall by no means depart you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.  O troubled one, storm-battered and unconsoled, I lay your pavements in carnelians, and your foundations in sapphires; I’ll make your battlements of rubies, your gates of carbuncles, and all your walls of valuable stones.  All of your youngsters shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your youngsters.  In justice shall you be established, removed from the worry of oppression, the place destruction can’t come close to you.

FIFTH READING  Isaiah 55:1-11

Thus says the Lord:  All you who’re thirsty, come to the water!  You who haven’t any money, come, obtain grain and eat; come, without paying and with out value, drink wine and milk!  Why spend your cash for what isn’t bread, your wages for what fails to fulfill?  Heed me, and also you shall eat properly, you shall delight in wealthy fare.  Come to me heedfully, pay attention, that you might have life.  I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the advantages assured to David.  As I made him a witness to the peoples, a pacesetter and commander of nations, so shall you summon a nation you knew not, and nations that knew you not shall run to you, as a result of of the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.  Search the LORD while he could also be discovered, call him whereas he is near.  Let the scoundrel forsake his means, and the wicked man his thoughts; let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.  For my thoughts will not be your ideas, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.  As excessive as the heavens are above the earth, so excessive are my methods above your methods and my thoughts above your ideas.  For simply as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and don’t return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my phrase shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, attaining the end for which I sent it.

SIXTH READING  Baruch Three:9-15, 32–4:4

Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life:  pay attention, and know prudence!  How is it, Israel, that you’re in the land of your foes, grown previous in a overseas land, defiled with the lifeless, accounted with those destined for the netherworld?  You could have forsaken the fountain of knowledge!  Had you walked in the approach of God, you’d have dwelt in enduring peace.  Study where prudence is, where power, where understanding; that you may know also the place are size of days, and life, where mild of the eyes, and peace.  Who has discovered the place of knowledge, who has entered into her treasuries?  The One who is aware of all things is aware of her; he has probed her by his information–The One who established the earth all the time, and crammed it with four-footed beasts; he who dismisses the mild, and it departs, calls it, and it obeys him trembling; earlier than whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice; when he calls them, they reply, “Here we are!”  shining with joy for his or her Maker.  Such is our God; no other is to be compared to him:  He has traced out the entire means of understanding, and has given her to Jacob, his servant, to Israel, his beloved son.  Since then she has appeared on earth, and moved among individuals.  She is the guide of the precepts of God, the regulation that endures eternally; all who cling to her will stay, but those will die who forsake her.  Flip, O Jacob, and receive her:  stroll by her mild towards splendor.  Give not your glory to another, your privileges to an alien race.  Blessed are we, O Israel; for what pleases God is understood to us!

SEVENTH READING  Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28

The phrase of the Lord came to me, saying:  Son of man, when the home of Israel lived in their land, they defiled it by their conduct and deeds.  Subsequently I poured out my fury upon them as a result of of the blood that they poured out on the ground, and since they defiled it with idols.  I scattered them amongst the nations, dispersing them over overseas lands; based on their conduct and deeds I judged them.  However once they came among the nations wherever they came, they served to profane my holy identify, as a result of it was stated of them: “These are the people of the Lord, yet they had to leave their land.”  So I have relented because of my holy identify which the house of Israel profaned amongst the nations the place they came.  Subsequently say to the home of Israel: Thus says the Lord God:  Not in your sakes do I act, home of Israel, but for the sake of my holy identify, which you profaned among the nations to which you got here.  I’ll show the holiness of my great identify, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you could have profaned it.  Thus the nations shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when in their sight I prove my holiness by means of you.  For I’ll take you away from amongst the nations, gather you from all the overseas lands, and convey you again to your personal land.  I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all of your impurities, and from all of your idols I will cleanse you.  I provides you with a new heart and place a new spirit inside you, taking out of your our bodies your stony hearts and supplying you with natural hearts.  I’ll put my spirit inside you and make you live by my statutes, cautious to watch my decrees.  You shall stay in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my individuals, and I will probably be your God.

Epistle  Romans 6:3-11

Brothers and sisters:  Are you unaware that we who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into his demise?  We have been certainly buried with him by means of baptism into dying, so that, simply as Christ was raised from the lifeless by the glory of the Father, we too may stay in newness of life.  For if we have now grown into union with him by way of a dying like his, we shall even be united with him in the resurrection.  We all know that our previous self was crucified with him, so that our sinful physique is perhaps completed away with, that we’d not be in slavery to sin.  For a lifeless individual has been absolved from sin.  If, then, we’ve got died with Christ, we consider that we shall also reside with him.  We all know that Christ, raised from the lifeless, dies no more; dying not has energy over him.  As to his demise, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God.  Consequently, you too should assume of yourselves as being lifeless to sin and dwelling for God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel  Luke 24:1-12

At daybreak on the first day of the week the ladies who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices that they had ready and went to the tomb.  They discovered the stone rolled away from the tomb; however once they entered, they did not discover the body of the Lord Jesus.  Whereas they have been puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.  They have been terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.  They stated to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but he has been raised.  Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”  They usually remembered his words.  Then they returned from the tomb and announced all this stuff to the eleven and to all the others.  The ladies have been Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mom of James; the others who accompanied them additionally informed this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they didn’t consider them.  But Peter received up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went residence amazed at what had occurred.

My sisters and brothers in Christ,

As we frequently do with our families, we keep in mind the bitter and the candy moments of our lives by way of pictures and mementos.  Let us now seek the advice of our album of Salvation reminiscences, as they correspond to the seven readings, as a Christian household, to regenerate our sense of wonderment of the risen Christ.

Opening pages:  We see our first mother and father. The story of creation presents eternal truths about God and humanity and about the nature and significance of creation. The human being is the pinnacle of creation, since man and lady have been created to take pleasure in a personal relationship with God.

Next few pages: Our forefathers grow in religion and as a human family.  Abraham put his complete belief, faith, and obedience in God and, consequently, after many years, God blessed him with a son he referred to as Isaac.  Even when God examined Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son, he obeyed.

A celebrated part of the album:  We must have fun the huge events!  The account of the crossing of the Purple Sea and the defeat of the Egyptian military is a definitive moment in salvation history that has been remembered and celebrated every year since the first Passover.  The crossing of the Purple Sea is a kind of our salvation by means of the waters of Baptism.

Ah, the wedding ceremony:  Love expressed between a married couple is so hopeful and full of life. God’s everlasting fidelity to his covenants prefigures Christion marriage, which by divine establishment is an unique, everlasting, and fruitful covenant between a husband and a spouse.

The middle of the album:  Some things are troublesome, even embarrassing to recollect.  An urgent attraction for conversion and participation in the Lord’s banquet in celebration of his covenant.

Photographs stuffed in a again pocket (hopefully forgotten):  Typically there’s disgrace and disgrace related to households.  Our household is not any totally different.  Israel was blessed with good wisdom given to them by God himself; however, the Chosen Individuals violated the covenant of the Mosaic Regulation and incurred upon themselves a painful punishment.

Another lower than complimentary array of photographs interspersed between pages of pleased pictures:  Our household is resilient and bounces again from low factors.  The identify of God is profaned and blasphemed in a sure sense each time his Commandments are transgressed.  By bringing the exiles back to Judah, God each restored his individuals’s land and revealed his presence and power.  The manifestation of God’s providential power attracts everybody finally to himself.

Great, we return to pictures during happier occasions:  We return to raised occasions and increased confidence.  Though the Paschal thriller–Christ’s suffering, Demise, Resurrection, and Ascension–is a historic event, it isn’t relegated to the previous alone.  Christ’s redemptive Sacrifice transcends time and place and has, subsequently, destroyed sin and dying all the time.

Pictures portraying a hopeful and prosperous future:  Comfortable days and renewal!  His Resurrection recollects the creation of the world.  Mary Magdalene and others proclaim the good news to the apostles.

We should spend time, as people and as a household, to know this thriller.  We can’t understand all of it during one sitting this Vigil–there’s not enough time.  Household albums could be, and ought to be, revisited repeatedly.  Might Christ’s Easter rise in our hearts!