“Thus says the Lord God: Look! I am going to open your graves; I will make you come up out of your graves, my people, and bring you back to the land of Israel. You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and make you come up out of them, my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have spoken; I will do it—oracle of the Lord.” – Ezekiel 37:12-14
Yes, I will open your grave.
Yes, I will open and uncover everything that awaits redemption in this tomb of yours.
The odor of your humanity. The tatters of a love never fulfilled. Your bones, dry and brittle. The dust of your daily toil.
I have no fear of your tomb. I desire to enter into this place that drives away all others … because who could bear to smell that stench? Or who could brave to inhabit this darkness?
I not only open your grave, but I enter in. Yes, I am entering right beside you.
In reality, I have already entered — perhaps you have forgotten.
Long ago I entered your tomb and I lay down right beside you, among the rags and tatters and dust and stench. My bones beside your own. My skin brushing up against yours.
I have embraced you in this tomb.
I have embraced, and I have kissed you. Kissed you and breathed into you my Spirit.
“I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life.”
In order to receive breath from another, one must be kissed. Your spirit was feeble, spent, fragile. So I kissed you, I shared with you my own breath, my own Spirit.
You received my Spirit, and you remembered. You remembered that Love is stronger than death. And yes, I love you.
I love you.
– Easter reflection written by Sr. Ruth