Mary and Jesus searched for Jesus for three days of unrest, which could be called three days of darkness. When they found Him, Jesus went back to live with His family for three decades in tranquility, and now joyfully in Heaven forever. Jesus was in the tomb and dwelt with souls in darkness of shoel/hades for three days, and having persevered, He now lives with saints in the endless light and bliss of Heaven. Good Friday lasts for one day, however, shortly after, came Easter Sunday, which lasts an Octave (eight days). Jonah spent three days in the darkness of the belly of the fish and shortly after, salvaged the Ninevites from endless destruction.
Come with me now in faith, I feel an urge to do something; may God use me to help His people. Standing on the stead of Ezekiel (Ez.37:4,7,9 - since by ordination I am appointed on that stead) and speaking in Persona Christi (since I am ordained to function in the Person of Christ) I speak to the Angels of Mat.28:2 “to roll off the stones;” I speak to the Angels of Acts 5:19, “open the prison doors” and to the fish of Jonah 2:10, “belch out upon dry land” the precious child of God to whom He had permitted only three days of darkness. I will shout AMEN up to seven times, if I were you. May God be praised for the testimonies He has granted this moment.
I seem to hear myself, maybe someone else, say, “My darkness has lasted more than three days.” Alright, we understand that my purpose in every reflection is to enhance walking in holiness and Divine Will. This part of the reflection calls for the grace of fortitude and cannot change the miracle already received in the last paragraph. Three days could be symbolic in Divine Language. However, we understand that longer days of darkness produce much longer days of light. I have read many autobiographies, and discovered that prolonged suffering brought profound endless joy. Abraham/Sarah, Hannah/Elkanah , Joachim and Anne, Elizabeth/Elizabeth, etc had to endure years barrenness; however, today their seeds are as countless as the stars of heaven. Greater blessings come at the behest of prolonged trials.
Schools days are not always full of fun. I couldn’t wait to finish my schooling, as to end the anxiety of taking tests or exams (pardon my personal confession). But what an endless joy that anxiety has produced! I guess it is the same with everyone who’s enjoying a career now. Few years of rigor, has brought many years of harvest. It was not always easy in the seminary for the ten years of preparation and now I enjoy the honor of being a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek. May God inspire all students to learn from this and persevere! I can go on and on.
Dear Friend, whatever darkness that comes upon us as a person, church, or nation, may we remember that it will be as brief as nothing compared to the succeeding peace and bliss. Few years of economic depression or spiritual darkness can be succeeded with many years of abundance and light. I rejoice to meditate on these words: “This too shall pass away.” A patient dog gets the fattest bone. In spiritual balance-scale, the greater a trial, the greater the blessings coming thereafter. Great saints faced great trials; great religious orders faced greater trials at foundation. Great families of Abraham and Zechariah faced greater trial, barrenness, if you like. May God remind us this reflection when the need comes.
Fr. Ignatius Mary