Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalms 108:1-5: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to thee, O LORD, among the peoples, I will sing praises to thee among the nations. For thy steadfast love is great above the heavens, thy faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let thy glory be over all the earth!”

Tonight I went to the Easter Vigil with my dear boyfriend. I could not believe our Lenten journey was coming to a close. But my, was I ready!

I was ready to enter Mass with the lights off… With lit candles… With the Exultet proclaimed to the Heavens for Our LORD!

I was ready to go through the 7 Old Testament readings, 7 Psalms, the Easter Old Testament readings and Gospel, the Easter intercessions, and the Litany of the Saints!

I was ready for them to turn on the lights in the sanctuary to signify the conquering of darkness and death by Light and LIFE!

I was ready to see the elect became members of the Body of Christ: baptized, confirmed, and receiving their first Eucharist! (This was so moving.)

I was ready to renew my own Baptismal vows! (I remembered why I am alive!)

What a journey it has been trying to uphold a spirit of sacrifice and penance in order to await this glorious day: the Feast of the Resurrection of Our LORD Jesus Christ, Easter!

I’d have to say that of the various Lenten sacrifices and “holy additions” to my life I have made these past forty days, my favorite has been trying to regularly frequent Confession again.

I am glad to conclusively and to confidently say that I re-met Mercy Himself this Lent. And He had a name: Jesus!

Jesus is not only Love; He is also Mercy.

AMEN.

ALLELUIA! (We can finally say it!)

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