The road traveled during the night, through centuries of promises savior born of the heart of God, a reproach and culminates in an ad: “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive is not here, but has risen.” Reproach awakening of error and deception, ad that redirects the lives of these women. As indicated in the Gospel it is a time of uncertainty and fear of these women who, with much love Jesus, go very early to anoint his dead body. Confusion and fear that had already taken them when “they found the stone rolled away from the tomb and went, but found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”
As part of this confusion and fear are, of angels in dazzling, the announcement that the story has reached its fullness, that Jesus is risen. They bring them back on themselves, get into your heart: “Remember what I said …”, it was necessary that the Son of Man will be delivered, crucified and rise again on the third day. “And the women remembered his words.” The memory of the words of Jesus illuminates the event, your heart expands: joy, admiration, like running and announce it, and these feelings are so strong that the disciples seems a delusion.
Tonight we received the announcement: Christ is risen! The Lord lives! And also for us is valid reproach: “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?” There may be, within us, a kind of momentum that leads to closing the story in sadness and failure to close the door of hope, to prefer to believe that the stone is fixed and no one moves. True, there are existential moments when it seems that dawn comes to light only graves, and our life is imprisoned there, our quest is “the dead” among dead things, unable to give life and hope. Here we hit this reproach: “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?”. Both in our personal lives and in the society we live in, sometimes failures add up each other and-insanely-we are getting used to living among the tombs as one possessed of Gerasa. Moreover, we can come to believe that this is the law of life staying only long for the fate of what could have been but was not, and entertain alienándonos in outbursts that take away the memory of God’s promise. When this happens to us, then we are sick. When this happens to our society, then it is a sick society.
Today, for us, this Easter in Buenos Aires, the blame goes: “Do not look among the dead alive”. Remember! The memory reproach awakens us, force us about the promise. We are living in a situation where we need a lot of memory. Remember, our hearts bring great spiritual reservoir of our people, which was presented to him in moments of evangelization and sealed in its simple heart the Truth that Jesus is alive. Bringing to mind the brotherhood that He won with his blood, the validity of the Ten Commandments, the courage to know that sin is bad business for the devil is bad payer, that the covenants of impunity are always provisional, and that no God laughs.
A reminder that we are not the solution to the chief priests and elders of the time they bribed the soldiers to truth and adulterers “gave a lot of money” (Mt 28:12) with the slogan they said that the disciples had stolen the body. A reminder that we will not walk alone in history, we are God’s family and we are asked to look around us and with the same spirit with concern that women were looking to Jesus, seek Him in the face of so many our brothers who live on the margin of poverty, loneliness, hopelessness: on how to treat them how we will be judged.
In this holy night I ask the angels to make us hear the reproaches that awaken our memory of the faithful. And, amid the confusion and fear, give us the joy of hope, that breaking tombs and the announcement is released, that wearing life begetting life for others, that it does not disappoint, it sometimes seems that delirium but every day brings us back upon ourselves as Peter “full of admiration for what happened.” In this holy night I ask the Virgin Mary to lead us out of resignation quietist of cemeteries and tell us the ear, slowly, as only mothers know it: Jesus was resurrected, alive, animate, worship Him, and does for your brothers what He did for you. So be it.
Buenos Aires, April 15, 2001.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.