Looking for Christ in all the wrong places: the lesson of the empty tomb

Here’s one of my favorite passages from Louis-Marie Chauvet’s The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body:

You cannot arrive at the recognition of the risen Jesus unless you renounce seeing/touching/finding him by undeniable proofs. Faith begins precisely with such a renunciation of the immediacy of the see/know and with the assent to the mediation of the church. (25)

Today, let us stop looking for a corpse and see where Christ has been risen indeed: in the Word, in the sacraments, in the least among us, in one another, in the cross we refuse to embrace, in our “anything and anyone but,” in those who are most unlike ourselves. For there is a direct connection between dirty feet to wash, unbearable crosses to carry, empty tombs to leave, and the Eucharist we share. The lesson we must continue to learn from the Triduum is this: One cannot say “amen” to the Body and Blood of Christ without saying amen to the others.


  1. Thank you, Diana, for connecting Eucharist to all of the other elements of the Triduum.

    Your words have touched my heart with a prophetic message. What does the risen Jesus call me to?

    If I am to “say ‘amen’ to the Body and Blood of Christ,” then I must say amen to the body and blood of all those around me
    – Washing the feet of the homeless,
    – Carrying the cross of the suffering, and
    – On and on and on.

    And I must leave the tombs of death, especially
    – The deadly words I often use to condemn others,
    – The deadly acts of my “things” from those who have less, and
    – My own fears and doubts and feelings of unworthiness.

    This Easter season, may God inspire each of us to enlarge the scope of our “Amen.”

  2. Unlike certainty, faith (trust) and hope and love can only thrive where there’s a gap. With the certainty that arises in the absence of a gap, relationships become transactional and mechanistic.

    Christ is risen!

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