We are now in the Lent season with Easter approaching, Since the Easter season is celebrated by different religions all having
their own way of celebrating, I started to research on how Christians observe Easter. One thing that grab my attention was
a article called The Paschal mystery", what does this mystery have to do with Easter? What I found out was that the “Paschal
mystery” is one of the central concepts of Catholic faith relating to the history of salvation. Its main subject is
the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the work God the Father sent His Son to accomplish on earth.
Not being raised Catholic, the term was foreign to me, I guess after 76 years God has given me the ability to learn something
new during this Easter season. I began my research and what I found out is when we look at the “Paschal Mystery”
in the context of our religious beliefs and the life of Jesus Christ, we come to a deeper meaning of dying and rising. Jesus
Christ’s passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension are the ultimate event of dying and rising, of death and new life.
The seasons of Lent and Easter are particular times when we pay attention to what Jesus Christ has done for us through his
passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension. The Paschal Mystery in general terms, is basically the process of dying and rising,
death and new life. We experience the process of dying and rising each year as we go through the different seasons. Summer
is a time of vibrancy and life, which then gives way to fall, when leaves on the trees die and fall away and many plants seem
to die. Winter comes and with it the frost and chill that seem to halt all growth and life. But after winter, when it seemed
as if everything had died away, spring arrives. New life surrounds us. Daffodils begin to push through the once-frozen ground.
The bare branches of trees begin to show signs of new leaves.We see this all around us and in our own lives. Not only do
we experience the process of dying and rising, we also have our own dying and risings. Sometimes these are obvious, for example,
a love one dies or a baby is born.
We can find meaning in tough times, that there really
is light in the darkness. We learn that all life has this movement of dying and rising and that God is with us in good times
and in bad. Christ’s experience of suffering, death, and new life has forever changed us and given us a different way
of living. Death no longer has the last word. Plus, when we encounter tough times, we have the comfort of knowing that God
has “been there, done that” and giving us the power of getting us thorough tough times.
Think about your own life. What is a dying or rising that you have experienced today, this week, this year? Reflect on that
experience in light of the event of Jesus Christ’s passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension.