The joy of the Resurrection of Jesus cannot be limited to the walls of our churches. It should flow into our ordinary life. It did flow into some 18 Oblates who gathered at St Mary’s Seminary for the Traditional Oblate Easter Lunch. After the busyness of the Holy Week most of the Oblates from Victoria rushed to the Seminary to share the joy of the Sacred Time with each other. Like each family celebrates the important events of its members together we, Oblates, gathered as a family to celebrate the outcome of Jesus death and Resurrection. Our Oblate Constitutions and Rules which describe and preserve our way of life say that: “The community of the Apostles with Jesus is our model of life. The call and the presence of the Lord among us today bind us together in charity and obedience to create anew in our own lives the Apostle’s unity with him and their common mission in his Spirit.” Although we, Oblates, are scattered in various places we still make it priority that as a family with Jesus who is the head of our family, we come together in fraternal spirit to celebrate his great works of salvation. Jesus makes us so close to each other that our gatherings are not simple social events but rather faith experiences. Yesterday’s Easter Lunch was such an experience. As we sat at the table I simply thought about Jesus having a meal with his disciples. Although two thousand years separate us from those events written in the Scriptures as an Oblate I know how the Apostles felt when they dined with Christ. Eugene de Mazenod was a genius when he shared with us his vision and passion for Jesus. In our Oblate Family he established the spirit that allows us to taste the joy of the first Disciples of Christ.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest