We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Can you imagine how the apostles and followers of Christ felt when He breathed His last breath? This was the end, the end of a journey, the end of a life, the end of Love. What were they going to do now?
We have experienced many endings in our lives, and most of us hold in common the ending of living the religious life. Yet here we are, still alive, in spite of all these “endings”; and, so also is Christ still alive after His “ending”! In truth, the end was the beginning; but, how do we survive these endings so we can make it to the beginning?
The answer to this one question is simple, in fact, it is only one word: trust. Jesus trusted the Father. He knew that His Father knew what He was doing, and that this ending, this death on the Cross was necessary. Jesus trusted in the Father’s Love for Him and for all humankind. Jesus knew that the Father would never leave Him alone. Jesus knew that the Father would not allow this ending to be an ending in the truest meaning of the word.
Do we trust the Father? Do we trust Him enough to realize that the endings we experience are not really endings, but beginnings? Do we trust that these beginnings will bring about the Father’s plan in a much better way? Do we trust Him enough to understand that He will never leave us alone and that He Loves us dearly?
Yes, endings hurt, endings bring pain, tears, and suffering. Look at the Cross: Jesus endured hurt that I cannot even imagine. He endured His death until the end, but thank God that that was not the end! And thank God that leaving the convent was not our ending either! He has great new beginnings for us in store, just as He had a wonderful beginning to the end of Jesus’ death, a beginning full of Easter-joy <3