Happy Easter! The Lord is truly risen! Anyone who attended the Easter Vigil or took me up on my invitation to read the Easter Proclamation/Exultet may have noticed an interesting passage: “O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!” Necessary sin…happy fault. What does that mean?
First, it does not celebrate sin. We should do everything possible to avoid falling into sin. However, sin opened the door for us to experience a side of God that we would not have experienced otherwise. If Adam and Eve had not sinned in the Garden of Eden, we would have continued to experience to full love of God, but we would not have experienced his mercy.
Without sin, there is no need of mercy. We’d be better off without sin, but we do sin; therefore, we need God’s mercy. Next weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday. Our Lord wants us to know and experience his mercy. To prepare for this awesome feast, you might want to read excerpts from St Faustina’s diary which tells about Jesus’ revelations to her concerning Divine Mercy. To help you experience that mercy, I will keep the extended Saturday Confession times throughout the Easter Season (2:30-4:30 PM). On Divine Mercy Sunday itself (April 11), I will also be available for Confessions during the Divine Mercy Holy Hour which begins at 3 PM.
Have a blessed Easter!
Father Brent Crowe