It really hit me this year. Jesus was dead, gone and buried. He was in the tomb. His friends were mourning.
As Christians, we often seem to overlook that point. I know it has gone mostly unnoticed over the years. We have the benefit of hindsight. We already know how the story is going to end. But I think we need the mourning times in our lives. It is those times of mourning that give us time to slow down and to look at our lives.
I went to pray a rosary yesterday and I started the Joyful mysteries. but it didn’t feel right, I was mourning. So, I start where the Spirit led:
Mary went to the tomb and the angel announces that Jesus is alive and she sees him.
Mary bring some of the disciples to visit Jesus in the tomb.
Jesus appears to the apostles in the upper room.
The Holy Spirit descends and the apostles are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The disciples are sent out to make disciples of all nations.
It was very cool since we were meeting last night in the Upper Room at our church to pray for the Holy Spirit to come more fully into our lives.
God is good!