While I Was Weeping at the Tomb

A few nights ago I was praying Evening Prayer and the antiphon for the Magnificat was this:

While I was weeping at the tomb I saw the Lord.
It would be quite easy to let this gem pass by. Easter, yep. K, got it bye. But for some reason, it reached out and grabbed me by the heart, and so I’ve been reflecting on it for the last couple days. 
To be honest, its something that God has been continually pumping into my stubborn heart for months now. It would seem that the majority of Msgr. Richter’s homilies have been about this very topic for months now. That place where we feel the most dead/pained/fearful/enslaved is the place where Christ is going to meet us, the place where Christ is going to work.
We all have our tombs: a sin, an addiction, a situation, a wound. Perhaps we have many, maybe our souls feel like total graveyards. Here we find ourselves mourning and weeping. Or maybe we find ourselves avoiding these places at all costs. Well don’t! GO! Mary is an example, go to the tomb and weep! Mourn for your sins, your struggles. Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection (James 4:9). Go to your tomb and weep and just as he did for Mary, he will do for you. He will meet you at the tomb. At the tomb we will see Christ, risen. Entering the place of death in our hearts is the only way to bring our hearts back to life in the Resurrection. We must be cast down in order to be exalted. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you (James 4:10).
While I was weeping at the tomb I saw the Lord.


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