flu? ..... The person coughs and sneezes, has high temperature or a running nose.
How do you know that somebody is alive? ...... The person walks and sings, eats and drinks, works hard or works hard not to work, sleeps and wakes up, loughs and cries.
How do you know that somebody has fallen in love? Well, the girl looks at the boy as if he were the only male in this valley of tears. The boy may start reading books and watching movie she would never bother about otherwise, but he does it to impress the girl.
How do you know that somebody is a Christian? That's a big question. Isn't it? To answer this big question I would like to use the conversation I had with a parishioner some days ago. She asked me: "What is this Spirituality thing you are going to study when you leave our church in a couple of weeks." Well, spirituality is not simply you character or your temperament. It is not a skill to focus or calm yourself down. Spirituality isn't the ability to be inspirational either. To understand it properly let's listen what St Paul wrote in one of his letters: "I don' live my life any longer it is Jesus Christ who lives in me." Spirituality is simply manifestation of the dwelling of Christ in a person. Spirituality it is Christ Jesus visible through the actions, words and decisions of a Christian. Not all of us are called to study Spirituality but all of us are called to Spirituality, all of us are called to allow Christ to shine through us. This is the powerful message of this Holy Vigil of the Resurrection of The Lord. It is not a celebration of an even of the past but it is a celebration of joy and praise that the Spirit of the Risen Lord is poured into our humanity. We can be spiritual people because The Lord is Risen and living in us. I hope and I pray that our constant wish and prayer may be like this: "Lord live in me. Live in my decisions. Live in my words. Live in my actions. May people watching me see you."
Dear Friends of Jesus who have followed him faithfully through the last three days like Our Lady and St John. I'd like to give you an image of how important this Paschal Mystery (the Mystery of his death and Resurrection) is. I'm going to use a brilliant story of The Lord of the Ring. I need to confess that I never read the book. I've tried a few times but the greatest achievement was when I got to the page 20. However I enjoy the movies based on the Tolkien's books. As you may be aware Tolkien created this story to get the message of Jesus across. Those of you who are familiar with the story know that it is full of wars and battles. It is easy to be captivated by this stuff but the story isn't about those big wars. It is the story of a little guy called Fredo who I carrying a certain ring. The ring is the source of all evil. Fredo is making his journey to destroy the ring otherwise nothing will change. Wars and battles will keep brake in the world. The most powerful scene is when the ring is destroyed, when Fredo blows up evil from its within. It is the story of Jesus' Death and Resurrection. Those who crucified him thought they won. Thy we're sure they managed to get rid of him but what happened that first Three Days of Easter 2000 years ago was Jesus going to the nest of evil, taking there not only his holy cross but the power of the Holy Spirit and blowing evil up in its source. That powerful moment, that can never be fully explained is all about spreading of goodness initiated by The Lord. All of us who have been baptised participate in this expansion. Albert who will be baptised in a few minutes will be immersed in Christ' great victory too. Always hold fast to what we celebrated last tree days. Death and evil have been conquered. They have been conquered in us too.
Christ is risen!