Living the Zeal of Benedict

a blog by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

I am no longer afraid of death,
I know well its darkness
and cold corridors leading to life.
I am afraid rather of that life
which does not come out of death.
I live each day to kill death.
I die each day to beget life,
and in this dying until death,
I die a thousand time and am reborn
another thousand through that love
from my community, which nourishes hope.
You will then know how marvelous it is
to live threatened with Resurrection!
To dream awake,
to keep watch asleep,
to live while dying
and to already know oneself resurrected.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Threatened with Resurrection
by Julia Esquivel p. 63, 65

Christians to the Paschal Victim,
offer your thankful praises.

A Lamb redeems the sheep;
Christ, who is sinless,
reconciles sinners to our Creator.

Life and death fought together in great combat.

The Sign of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Tell us, Mary, what you saw on your way.
"I saw the tomb of the living Christ,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection.

The angels gave witness to the empty shroud.
Christ, my hope, is risen from the dead;
he goes before us into Galilee."

We know that Christ is risen from the dead,
our new life obtaining.
Have mercy on us, victorious one.

Amen Alleluia!

From the Letter to the Hebrews

Christ did not enter into a holy place
made by hands,
but entered heaven itself,
now to appear in the presence of God
on our behalf.

It was through Christ’s blood
that eternal redemption was obtained
and we were cleansed from lifeless deeds,
so that we could worship the living God.

Christ was offered up once
to take away the sin of many
and will appear a second time,
not to take away sin
but to bring salvation to those
who eagerly wait.

Response:
This day we watch for you, O God.
We heed the call of Scripture
that when you return you will find us waiting,
that you will invite us into the feast.

Christ was delivered up to death
that we might receive life.

We heed the call of Scripture.
You will find us waiting and watching.

From the Letter to the Hebrews

Let us go, therefore,
with confidence into the presence of God
that we may obtain mercy
and find favor in time of need.

For every representative taken from among us
is appointed to act on our behalf
in the things that relate to God.

They offer gifts and sacrifices for sin
and have compassion on those who are ignorant and err,
because they also are encompassed with weakness.

So too, Christ did not seek glory
but was chosen by God who said,
“You are my Beloved:
this day have I begotten you.”

God also said,
“You are the Anointed One
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Though anointed,
Jesus learned obedience through suffering,
became the source of eternal salvation,
and was appointed by God as our representative
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Response:
Sin came into the world,
and with it came death.
It spread to the whole world,
the whole human race,
because all have sinned.

So then,
a single offense condemned all people.
In the same way,
the one righteous act sets all of us free,
giving life.

We have been reconciled to God
through the death of Jesus Christ.
Grace came to so many as an abundant free gift.

Lamentation of Jeremiah the prophet

Aleph:
How the gold has grown dim;
how the pure gold is changed!
The holy stones lie scattered at the head of every street.

Beth:
The precious children of Zion,
worth their weight in fine gold,
are reckoned as earthen pots,
the work of a potter's hands.

Heth:
The steadfast love of God never ceases,
mercies never come to an end,
they are new every morning;
great is this faithfulness.
"God is my portion,
therefore my hope will not be in vain."

Teth:
God is good to those who wait;
to those who do not waver.
It is good that we should wait quietly
for the salvation of God.
It is good for us that we bear the yoke in our youth.

Response:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
be converted to the Holy One, your God.

The One we await dies
and there is none that takes it to heart.
The Anointed One, our breath of life,
in taken away because of our iniquities.

The Just One’s anguish over,
we shall wait in hope.

We shall wait in hope.

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