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This season, let Jesus banish the shadows, admit the light.

New from too many places and from far to many quarters in the church has bee a downer in recent months. An editor can almost hear the reader this week, picking up one's NCR, saying: Not on Easter, not another dose of the world's woes on this Risen Feast?

Surely, a break from the litany of tragedy is in order. Why not just offer the gentle, loving Jesus out of the tomb, bathed in white and light, or families gathered for ham and yams and prettily dressed children coming out of churches to baask in the spring sunshine?

Give us a chocolate bunny to suck on, just for once. Jesus didn't come with chocolate bunnies, but he did come with love and guidance: I'am the Way, the Truth ad the Light."

And he never left us.

He is the Way we have to live and love and to absorb the catalog of woes. But even he might acknowledge that in the information age, we are inundated with more than we cann absorb or usefully respond to.

We are in danger of being overwhelmed with tradegy and under-supported with joy. The day does not just bring Bosnia and Serbs annd rapes and killings but also the desperation of the streets of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. The day does not just bring us sometimes distant grim statistics of AIDS deaths, diseases, undernourishment, starvation, but often more personal woes.

Even in the comfortable Western and Northern world economies, life can be very hard for people worrying about jobs, parents, children, friends. Life is not easy. Remember how the Risen Jesus, the Easter Jesus, early on in his ministry "looked at the crowd and felt sorry for them."

What Easter is, in major part, then, is how Jesus dealt with feeling that we needed him and God's love. John Henry Newman wrote that "we are able to see that the Savior, once he entered the world, never departed."

Jesus did not want things to be the same as they were before he came, wrote Newman, s he remained with us by the "substitution of his Spririt for himself, both in the church and in the souls of individual Christians."

Jesus also told us to worry only about this day, it has troubles enough. We can only do what we can do -- we can ache for the rest that goes undone, but as log as in conscience we know we are doing what we can, that is work and worry enough.

Jesus is not a placebo. The above is not an escape clause. It is, possibly, a little dose of Easter reality therapy. Jesus could not, did not, do it all. He did not cure all the sick in his travels; he sometimes withdrew for prayer. when he could have been down in the marketplace making more blind see and more deaf hear.

He, too, had human limits. He needed space.

And he understood that we did -- and do. So he said, "Come to me all you who are burdened" and share in the Spirit of love.

Easter, the paschal feast, is the annual eucharistic sharing.

Let Jesus take over, overwhelm the sadness and sorrows. banish the shadows and provide the spiritual space long enough for us to catch our spiritual breaths and begins, pacing ourselves as Jesus did, once more.

Blessed Easter.
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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Cover Story
Date:Apr 9, 1993
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