Luke 24:6-7

Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.

One of the strange pleasures of the Blessed is the Great Apostolic Forehead Slap.  The pure delight of realizing that Joy was staring you in the face the whole time (especially when things looked blackest) and you didn't see it–till now.  The Resurrection was the great surprise in broad daylight.  It wasn't as though everything–from the flowers in spring to the butterfly to the prophets to Jesus himself–hadn't hinted, suggested, foreshadowed, portrayed, sung, and outright promised it in plain speech.  But with a race as silly/clever as ours, the thing was still cloaked in impenetrable darkness.  The apostles themselves were blindsided by it, not because Jesus hadn't said anything, but because they (like we) were fallen men who couldn't bring themselves to hope for so grand a joy.  But Joy is at the heart of things nonetheless, and Easter is the proof of it.  May God grant you and yours Easter Joy!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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