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A Vision Of Victory: Spiritual Exercise 04/11/22

Please join us Monday 04/11/22 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm ET). ✝️🕍


Opening Prayer: The Memorare

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


A Vision Of Victory

After His Resurrection, Jesus remained on earth with his disciples for forty days.  For Forty days the disciples got to see and experience Jesus in His resurrected body. It is likely that without this glimpse of things to come it would have been near impossible for the apostles to have died the same kinds of death Jesus did.  The promise of glory needed to be seen concretely as a reality of the life to come after living and suffering in this valley of tears.  

In Resurrection Jesus shows His disciples how His death has conquered the world, the flesh, the devil, sin and death.  But He particularly shows them the transformations of the body that will set us free from its current corruptibility.  He manifests to His disciples four gifts in particular of the resurrected body: clearness, agility, subtility, and impassibility.  These gifts will be eternal, never to be taken from us once we have them.

Clearness refers to the body’s increase in light, which will exceed even the sunlight.  The light is part of the glory of the resurrected body.

Agility is the quality Jesus shows in moving from place to place extremely quickly.  It appears He need only think of where He wants to be and He is there.

Subtility involves the body’s ability to pass through obstacles. (Jesus walked through the locked doors of the Cenacle on Easter Sunday.)

Impassability means a body that will be unchanging, never again able to suffer or die, incapable of being acted upon by an outside force.  It means a body that is 33 years, in the prime of life and will live forever.

The devil tries to make us forgetful of the definitive victories the Lord has won over the flesh, the world, sin, death, and the devil himself.  But that battle and those victories have to be fought and won directly in our own lives.  Then Easter becomes a living celebration for us.  

Jesus shows us in Resurrection the transformation of all earthly realities of suffering, brokenness, disharmony, death, disillusionment, etc.  The glories He reveals in Resurrection, in Victory, should motivate us to do the hard work that needs to be done, the dying to ourselves we resist so deeply but without which we cannot come to the new, transcendent life Jesus died to give us.

1. Our life here is meant to prepare us for the life we will live for all eternity. Do you see any prefigurements of the gift of clearness, subtility, agility and impassibility already in the culture?

2. We will live forever in our resurrected body.  The time we struggle with our corruptible body here is very limited by comparison.  St. Paul says he considers the sufferings of the present as nothing compared to the glory that awaits us.  Do you spend time thinking about what is to come in glory? Why or why not?

3. As we enter into the season of Easter, Jesus appears suddenly at times to those who are speaking of Him, as well as those locked away in fear.  Are you expecting to “see” Jesus during this time?  What can you do to be more sensitive to His presence in Resurrection?

4. What is your favorite Resurrection story and why?

May all that is of His great and glorious goodness be revealed to you as we celebrate the upcoming season of His most Holy and miraculous resurrection.

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