Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Letter to the Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9
HE IS RISEN!
I am quite certain that as you read today’s Gospel narrative, everyone is running. Our patron saint, Mary Magdalen comes to the tomb, and when she sees the stone is rolled away, she runs to tell Saints Peter and John, who in turn start running. They raced to the tomb. John ran faster, and he got there first. They were incredibly excited even though they did not fully understand what had happened. However, the most crucial line in the Gospel tells us, “And he saw and believed.“
But what about us? Why do we believe? We did not see His empty tomb. We believe because His apostles told us what they witnessed through their testimony, handed down through the centuries in Jesus’ Holy Catholic Church.
In our second reading, Saint Paul tells us our lives are now “hidden with Christ,“ which is the blessing that Jesus promised. It is a blessing that comes through faith. Our baptism makes us part of the family of God, His Church. As His family,we gather this Sunday and every Sunday, just as His apostles did to celebrate His Resurrection. That is what every Eucharist is! Friends, let us remember today’s Gospel message, for it is truly transcendent news. On Easter morning, the stone was rolled away from the mouth of the tomb. As Pope Francis reminds us, "we are called to be people of joyful hope, not doomsday prophets." Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we can all have hopeful joy and go out to share it with the world.
Let us live our lives with joy, for He is Risen! On behalf of our parish family, I wish all of you and your families Easter blessings.
Question of the Day: Are you like Mary Magdalen, who told the others the news of the resurrection, or like the apostles who responded immediately by running to the tomb to see for themselves?
Prayer: “Let us acclaim Jesus Christ, risen from the dead that we might rise with him.“