Third Sunday of Easter
April 10, 2016
“You have changed my mourning into dancing,
removed my sackcloth and girded me with joy.
So my soul sings psalms to you, and will not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.”
Psalm 30:12–13 (Revised Grail Translation)
Many of us can remember the time when we came in from the cold and wet, noses running and eyes watering, and our mom or dad spun us out of our soaked clothes that were beginning to rub and irritate like sackcloth, rubbed us down with a big towel (all towels were big then), and dressed us in something clean and warm. With what patience we were buttoned and buckled into our clothes! Could we control our need to hop and skip for joy at being so cared for? Did we see our reflection in their eyes?
We are destined to be among the countless crowd of the singing and dancing rescued. Even now we can feel the beat of that music in our Easter Alleluias.
Even now, God, strip off my mourning and gird me with joy.
St. John Seminary