17 Apr Minister General: “Easter reaches us where we allow ourselves to be touched by the wounds of life”.
A few hours after returning from his trip to Romania, Ukraine and Poland, where he brought his support to the people suffering the consequences of the war, the Minister General Br Massimo Fusarelli celebrated Easter Mass in the General Curia church in Rome. We cannot live our lives as if Jesus had not preceded us,” he said in his homily. “We live because He, Christ, was born, lived, loved, cried, smiled, knew our suffering, died and rose again. In him, we can live in such a way as to become a living proclamation that life has meaning. That is, it has a direction if it is lived in him, for him, with him”.
The first proclamation of the resurrection must then take place with our risen life. While the disciples were locked in the Upper Room, “in a sort of lockdown”, Mary of Magdala came running to announce the resurrection. “Easter cannot be announced from the comfort of our sofas,” said Br Massimo. Easter asks us to go out, sweat, and toil in this race. And a Church that does not run is not the Church of Jesus”.
The General Minister then spoke about the past few days:
“I returned last night from a pilgrimage between the borders of Romania, Western Ukraine and Poland, and I touched – or rather I was touched by the wounds of Christ’s passion, especially meeting refugees, women with children, orphaned children, elderly people. I met an elderly woman in Ternopil in the large school hall where 107 refugees are housed. She had next to her the only thing she had managed to take away: a cage with a small parrot. For her, it is a sign of life, a companion, for a lonely woman who finds herself hundreds of kilometres from her home that no longer exists. I was touched by the wounds of Christ, and I was drawn – through the people I met – to the proclamation of Easter, through the dignity, the desire for life for their children, the hope for their people to have a home again, to start living again.
The proclamation of Easter reaches us where we allow ourselves to be touched by the wounds of life, without anaesthetising ourselves, without staying too much in a wellness centre, which deludes us into thinking that life is something harmless, which never questions us. From there, we can welcome this proclamation of life, of hope. It is Easter in the world; it is Easter even where there is war. It is Easter for that elderly Ukrainian woman who has only her parrot left. It is Easter for those children who saw the horror and suffered it in their innocent flesh. It is Easter for us, if we allow ourselves to be set in motion, if we leave the Upper Room, if we allow the new life of Christ to explode in us”.