Since this is Holy Week I am reminded of the Stations of the Cross presentation that we did with Youth Group for several years in a row. The church usually provides a reflection on the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, but my Youth Group would prepare a special presentation in addition. For those who are not familiar with the Stations of the Cross, they are a reflection and meditation on the Passion of Christ - His journey from being condemned, to being layed in the tomb (and some versions include the Ressurrection)...these reflections are broken into 14 (sometimes 15) stations. You can go here: http://www.usccb.org/nab/stations.htm to look at one version of the stations if you have not heard of or experienced them before and are curious.
In any case my Youth Group used to perform an amazing, spirit-filled, awesome meditation and reflection on the stations. We used a huge canvas (2 king sized sheets that a friend sewed together for us) and behind it we shined lights on students who acted out the stations...to the audience they were shadows of the characters. It took lots of practice and time to get everyone situated and working in time with the narrator.
The first year we presented these stations we had a little miracle that left a lasting impression on many people. The students were presenting the Tenth Station, Jesus Is Crucified. In our version we read from scripture about his hands and feet being nailed to the cross, then the students had a mallet and an actual cross behind the canvas and would hit the mallet on something (I forget what we used) to make a huge sound that sounded like a large metal nail. Each time the mallet would hit, the actor playing Jesus would flinch so that the audience could see him laying on the cross in the shadow. The second night we performed is when our "little miracle" happened. Each time the mallet would come down and hit the cross, a church bell would "dong." NOT planned...just happened to be time for the church bells to "dong." The dong was in complete unison with the mallet. Shivers ran up and down everyone's spine. At the end and for weeks later people would come to me and express their amazement at the church bells "donging" in time to Jesus's crucifixion. It somehow made the experience even more real...it made us all feel like Jesus was making himself known and present to us.
When has Jesus made himself "known and present" to you? Yes, this can happen on a daily basis in reading scripture and in seeing him in others. But when has he made sure that you absolutely knew without a doubt that he was standing there with you?
Allelulia!! He has risen and we celebrate this Sunday!! He is living and present among us all the time!!