This past month has been difficult for many of us; staff, parents, students, and most of all, individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout these difficult times, we have all been witness to the many acts of love people of shown each other. There is no better model of love than Christ. Easter demonstrates God’s love for us.
During the Easter Week we focus on Christ’s last days; many of us reflect and pray the Stations of the Cross. Sometimes we forget about the important part of Easter, the Resurrection.
Recently, I was reminded of the fourteen Stations of the Resurrection, a counterpart to the Stations of the Cross. Whereas the Stations of the Cross show the events of Christ before Easter, the Stations of the Resurrection show the events between Easter and Pentecost. The Stations of the Resurrections are:
Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis)
1. Jesus Rises From the Dead (Matthew 28:1-10)
2. The Finding of the Empty Tomb (John 20:1-10)
3. The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
4. Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27)
5. Jesus is Known at the Breaking of Bread (Luke 24:28-35)
6. Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36-43)
7. Jesus Gives the Disciples the Power to Forgive Sins (John 20:19-23)
8. Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29)
9. Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14)
10. Jesus Tell Peter to Feed His Sheep (Primacy of Peter) (John 21:15-17, 19b)
11. Jesus Commissions the Disciples on the Mountain (Matthew 28:16-20)
12. Jesus Ascends into Heaven (Acts 1:6-12a)
13. Mary and the Disciples Wait in Prayer (Acts 1:12-14)
14. The Holy Spirit Descends at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
As we finish our Lenten journey this year, I ask you to continue your faith journey after Easter by reflecting, praying, and celebrating the Stations of the Resurrection. Although we are unable to physically gather together in prayer, I know we are still united in our faith community of Father Leonard Van Tighem School.
Easter blessings on behalf of the staff,