Today we sit in the silence of the tomb.
It is a place of unknowing. A space between desolation and hope. Like Mary Magdalene in today’s Gospel, we wait for the stone to be rolled away, not knowing what we will see inside.
This is a space I have experienced in my work for climate and ecological justice. As I reflect on the uncertain future my 7 year old daughter might inherit or the thousands of plant and animal species she may never see, I can enter a space of unknowing and desolation. Yet, impelled by faith, I am drawn to keep an eye of hope on the horizon.
How might we make friends with this silence, this time of waiting?
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis shares that the “contemplation of creation allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us…to listen to a paradoxical and silent voice” (Laudato Si’ 85).
I have heard, through contemplating trees, the consoling message to “keep going” and “you are not alone” in my ecological ministry.
In the Genesis creation story, we read the message of abundant life emerging from “a formless wasteland.” (Genesis 1:1).
If we could glance outside our window or take a slow walk in nature what message might we hear in the paradoxical and silent voice of nature? Perhaps bare trees silently preparing to burst forth in the spring. A shoot making its way through a crack in the sidewalk. Or hibernating animals about to emerge from their slumber.
We might discover that in those wordless Words, Christ is there, in the silence and darkness, preparing to meet us in His glory to bring new life.
- Today, as we await the Resurrection, spend time with nature. What signs of hope do you see on this day of silence, of waiting?
Christina Leaño serves as the associate director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, a network of over 800 Catholic member organizations and thousands of individuals working to bring Laudato Si’ to life.