When Easter comes around, I can expect three things to happen:
1. Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection
2. Celebrating those momentous occasions
3. The History Channel and other media sources pulling the Jesus card to increase sales.
We found the bones of Christ! No you didn’t We found a NEW GOSPEL! No you didn’t We found the offspring of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the siblings of Jesus and…no, no you didn’t.
And I am not disappointed!
This year features a creepy claymation white bread Jesus on the cover of Newsweek.
(Along with HIDDEN STORIES OF THE TITANIC, which unless it involves aliens or zombies, I don’t care about)
I’m not even that upset that they dressed Jesus as a watered-down hipster, I just don’t understand why He’s white. I digress.
Newsweek actually has a long history of Jesus-themed-Easter-season covers. Here’s the deal. Jesus magazine covers sell, and they sell big
Why is that?
We are hungry for the Truth. This is why people watch documentaries about the “hidden” gospels and we buy The DaVinci Code. We want Truth.
So what happens on Easter? We are slapped in the face by Truth. This man who died three days ago, comes back from the dead. Back from the DEAD. What? It’s crazy, it’s madness, it doesn’t make sense. But it’s True. And what does He do before that? He is tortured and murdered for us. And what does He do before that? He is publicly humiliated over and over again. And what does He do before that? He turns bread and wine into His Body and His Blood.
Holy Week is essentially a giant drop-kick of Truth.
A drop-kick that is hard to accept. Thomas, an apostle of Christ, didn’t believe right away. Good thing we have all kinds of Scriptural references to keep us on track: The Eucharist (Matt 26:26, John 6:25-71, 1 Cor 11:23-31), Confession ( 2 Cor 5:18, Mt 9:6-18, Luke 17:3, John 20:21-23, John 5:16-17, James 5:16) and Apostolic succession (Acts 15:7, Mt 16:19, John 21:17, Acts 1:20).
But our society is big on finding and accepting Jesus and then doing your own thing. It’s like listening to a leader, loving Him, and wanting to be like Him, but when He gives you this gift of Community and Communion, you decide what you have is good enough.
It’s exactly like that, actually. There isn’t a better example, so I used the actual situation.
But here is what I’ve decided. If Newsweek covers and History Channel documentaries are going to lead people to Jesus, then that’s great. If those things jump start your search for Truth, praise God.
Eventually all of our searching for truth leads us to the ultimate Truth, which is Christ and His Church.
So as Easter is rapidly approaching, ask the question that Pilate asked, “What is Truth?” Then go to Mass and stand face to face with Truth.
And in the words of Becca Smith-Vandergriff,
“Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ died for you. What are you going to do about it?”