“It is the Lord!” – John 21:7
Alleluia! The Lord is risen! Alleluia!
The disciples’ experience of the Lord’s resurrection was evidently felt at many times, and in one instance, when they decided to go fishing with Peter. Jesus’ beloved disciple, upon seeing the miracle of the great catch after following the voice, “cast the net over the right side of the boat”, recognized and acclaimed, “It is the Lord!” We, as Rogationists, are called to be that beloved disciple, who immediately and urgently recognized the Lord in every miracle that happens every moment. There is no other great joy than to feel in ourselves, wherever and whatever assignment we are in, the Lord’s presence in our midst!
In our time, we are called to be “prophets” of the Easter joy! It also corresponds that since we Religious are called to be “signs” of the reign of God here and now, we are also called to be signposts for the “children of the Easter morning” – God’s faithful. Even amidst the preoccupations and assignments we do, when we are faithful to the gift of consecration – chastity, poverty, obedience, and the zeal and understanding of the Rogate – which the Lord has entrusted us, we become effective “Easter signposts” for God’s children. It is never strange that people would naturally feel our Easter aura and exclaim with joy in thanking the Lord for His presence among them. For this aura makes people touch on hope that they, too, can share the glory that Christ won for everyone! This is the best news we can ever receive at present: the assurance that the risen Lord will always be there for us, for He himself has promised it: “I will be with you always, until the end of time.”
May we bring this Easter joy to others, as we ourselves experienced it! Happy Easter!
FR. HERMAN ABCEDE, RCJ