The paschal mystery—the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus—is central to our life in the Church and to our individual lives as Christians. We are reminded of this every time we celebrate the Eucharist, but especially during the Lent/Easter season of our Church year.
Light follows darkness. Life follows death. Good conquers evil. These are lessons of the paschal mystery of Christ. We see evidence of this pattern throughout our lives—spring follows winter, day follows night, eternal life follows bodily death, reconciliation follows sin, forgiveness follows wrongdoing—but nowhere is it as remarkable as in the life of Jesus Christ.
Many of our contemporaries are in a period of darkness right now. The struggling economy adds to the other challenges of their lives. We all need to be reminded of the promise given to us through Christ’s paschal mystery.
I’ve selected a video clip from the DVD program The Church Celebrates Lent and Easter
to share with you (RealMedia
| Windows Media
). In it, you’ll see part of one man’s personal paschal-mystery story. Jimmy Heath’s alcoholism led to homelessness. He shares his experience of spiritual death and rebirth. His story illustrates the dying to self we all must undertake as true followers of Christ—and the rebirth that is possible.
Jimmy has died since his story was recorded, but he lives on in the many lives he touched and, of course, in the arms of our loving God.
Share this video story with groups or individuals who struggle with dark times. Use it in mystagogy sessions with neophytes. Share it with small groups or in a large-group session on the season of Lent/Easter. Believe in the promise of the paschal mystery!