“Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee,” (Easter Sunday Sequence),
Daily Lent Reflection
This medieval liturgical hymn (‘Praises to the Paschal Victim’ or ‘Easter Sequence’) may be sung before the Gospels throughout the entire Easter Octave. It is a meditation on the Alleluia verse and it contains a powerful proclamation of Christ’s resurrection, even from Mary’s viewpoint. But why Galilee when the empty tomb and all the disciples are in Jerusalem?
Galilee is where it all began: the annunciation, origins, birth, growth, hidden life, hard labour, first proclamation, first ministry, first miracles, first following, effervescent zeal. We are invited to complete the circle and start again: at home, at work, called and captivated afresh by the One who leads the Way.
Daily Lent Challenge
Today I ask where is my Galilee, the place of my first encounter with Christ? How will my Alleluia be heard today?
–Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark