40: New Life

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” 

– Revelation 21:5

Surprised by joy – that was what I felt at Easter Vigil. It wasn’t just the exhilarating happiness you’d feel at getting an A for a paper. It wasn’t just the simple happiness of waking up late on a public holiday. It wasn’t just the quiet happiness of enjoying a cup of tea with a friend amidst the mountain-load of work.

It was all of that and more – it was joy. Deep, pure, and full. It’s the joy that envelops your entire being. It’s the joy that surprises you because you never knew you had it in you to feel so much joy for something so institutional. It’s the joy of knowing that our faith is alive.

And our faith is alive indeed. We had 31 new baptisms!! As each person was dunked dipped into the Font, you could just feel the excitement in the air. Strangers, all of us. Yet, here we all are, all eagerly craning our necks, trying to get a better view, so excited, so joyful, so welcoming, so filled with hope. The baptisms probably extended the mass around 1.5 hrs, but people either didn’t seem to care, or time seemed to fly past. I don’t know how to describe that kind of communal joy.

L was there too. He went to the side of one of the pews to better watch the baptismal rites. ‘Longing’ was the word that came to mind when I saw the expression on his face. I wanted to go up and tell him, “Don’t worry It’ll be your turn soon.” That made me think, people don’t only long for wealth and status and power. People long also communion. People long for holiness. People long for God. That is, after all, what a vigil is about.

The youth choir was as awesome as ever. After not saying ‘Alleluia’ for almost 7 weeks, the choir did an epic job singing hymns that resounded with praise. It felt glorious (and I do not think I exaggerate) to be able to say ‘alleluia’ and mean it.

And oh yes. I broke fast last night too. At Swee Choon, after mass, with the loggers. Absolutely delightful – both the company and the food. No better way to end off the Vigil.

If there’s one thing I learnt from the Daniel Fast, it is this – I won’t be turning vegetarian any time soon~

Happy Happy Easter everyone :D


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