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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:14

The Power of the Cross

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I participated in the Easter Tridium with close to a thousand Catholics at “Light to the Nations” in Bowral. Perhaps the most profound moment that touched my heart took place while serving as an usher at the Stations of the Cross. The young people reenacted the passion of Jesus in a profound manner, so much so that it became very real. It was as if we really were following Jesus to Golgotha and witnessing the brutality of his crucifixion.

I was asked to lead the crowds closer to the cross, not letting anyone stand too far back. Directing people towards the cross left a profound impression on me reminding me that my vocation is to lead people to the Crucified Christ from whom healing love flows. After the Station of the Cross was over, I knelt before the cross and prayed for the pain of many people that I knew, and for the pain that the Church in Australia is undergoing currently.

On my way home from Bowral on Easter Sunday, I spent the night in Canberra. It was there that I heard the devastating news about the bomb explosions in Sri Lanka when I spoke to my mum. It was heart-rending to hear that innocent civilians were killed while participating in Easter services. The whole country is grief stricken and people in Sri Lanka are living in terror once again, just like the time of civil war. My heart was throbbing with pain, but as I prayed, the words that I uttered at my initial vows; “I consecrate myself to the wounded heart of Jesus broken open in love for the world” came to my mind.

In this, I revisited my experience of ushering people towards the cross at Bowral, while trying to stand closer to the cross. I offered the many lives lost in those bomb explosions into the hands of the Lord, knowing that we have hope in the Risen Lord.

While serving a Church crying out for redemption here in Australia, my own Church in Sri Lanka is terrorized and is aching with great turmoil. As we celebrate the pinnacle of our faith, the Resurrection of our Lord, it is fitting that I remain at the foot of the cross, trusting in the heart of Jesus that is broken open for the love of his children who are undergoing immense suffering. This reminds us all, that our hope is in crucified Christ who is truly risen.

Ayanthi Perera