April 20, 2014
What is real? Daisies, chocolate, lions, and beaches. As is the man Jesus, who walked and wept, cooked, and healed. He is real.
Last January, I arose at four in the morning and made my way, silent and alone, like Mary Magdalene, to the very same place she went that Easter morning. It was early, still dark and the streets of Jerusalem were deserted. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is hard to find unless you are looking for it, hidden as it is in a small side street lined with Muslim street vendors selling Christian religious articles. As I walked into the church, I found Calvary on my right, just up a flight of stairs. The distance between the Cross and the Resurrection is barely a hundred yards.
I was blessed to be able to be one of four people at a Mass celebrated in Italian by a Polish priest inside the most of holy of tombs; the altar being a piece of marble placed over where Jesus was laid for three days. The one overwhelming conviction in my heart during the entire Mass: He is real, the Resurrection is real. In that sacred place, it is impossible to believe otherwise. And since he is real, that changes everything.
- Looking back on my life up until now, are there times where I can see that God has tried to penetrate my heart, or have I given him permission to enter?
- Reflect on the fact that Christ IS real. In what ways have I “proclaimed” this message to those around me today?
Sister Debbie Li
Sister Debbie Li is an Apostle of the Interior Life Sister and campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.