Jesus Christ is risen today, let us rejoice and be glad!
Happy Easter to all.
Easter is a joyous day for all people. Every one of us shares in the great love that is shown by God in the Resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The gospel reading for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night is from the gospel of St. Matthew. In that gospel passage we are told that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary come to the tomb. There is an earthquake and the angel of the Lord rolls back the stone from Jesus’ tomb. The words of the angel: “Do not be afraid…he has been raised…tell the disciples…he is going before you to Galilee…you will see him” leave them “fearful yet overjoyed”.
We, too, may be somewhat confused by the meaning and implications of what the Resurrection means. Yet, we come to church today trusting in the goodness of God, the faith that has been given to us in Baptism and our desire to “see” the Risen Christ. Look to the goodness of other people. See the kindness of people caring for one another. See in a person who is in need because of illness, poverty, lack of physical or mental ability the face of Jesus. See that a person who is homeless or one who is an immigrant living without security or safety is loved by God. See that a person who is gay or an outcast of society is a child of God. See people in war torn places as deserving of peace in Christ. It is the Resurrection of Jesus that challenges us but also gives us hope.
We are challenged to see beyond the physical reality of a person, our world and our situation to see with the eyes of faith the goodness, beauty, wonder, peace, freedom and love of God present everywhere in the Risen Lord Jesus.
May whatever fear we have give way to being overjoyed in the Risen Jesus. May all people experience being received, welcomed and blessed in the Risen Christ.
[ The Parish Bulletin for 04/20/2014 can be obtained here. ]