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Easter Sunday

March 27, 2005

Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

_ H E _ I S _ R I S E N ! ! !_

A L L E L U I A ! _ A L L E L U I A ! _ A L L E L U I A !

Readings:
Acts 10:34, 37-43 (Peter preaches the Resurrection)
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad”
Colossians 3:1-4 (raised with Christ, seek the things of Heaven)
or I Corinthians 5:6-8 (replace the old yeast of corruption with the unleavened bread of truth)
+John 20:1-9 (Mary Magdalene finds the tomb empty & Peter & John run to investigate)

The tomb is empty!

Mary Magdalene, Peter and John are still trying to figure out what it all means. We too have to figure out what it all means. We have some details they didn’t have. We know that Jesus has risen, that He will spend the next forty days explaining to His disciples many things they could not bear before His death, and that He will ascend to Heaven. We know that He will send the Holy Spirit to be our Guide throughout the rest of time. But what does the resurrection of Jesus mean to us? What difference does it make in our lives?

St. Paul gives us a clue. We have died with Christ. Therefore, we share also in His resurrection. We have died to sin. We live for Christ, our hearts fixed on heavenly priorities (Colossians 3:1-4). Before Passover, the Jewish people spend a week clearing their homes of leaven and anything that could be leavened. Then they feast on unleavened bread for a full week. We have spent forty days cleaning the old yeast of sin out of our lives in preparation for this ultimate Passover. Now we feast on the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (I Corinthians 5:6-8). That feast need not end!

We have disciplined and trained our passions, even as athletes discipline and train their bodies before a competition, as musicians spend hours practising before a concert. The time has come for us to put our training to the test, to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12), to run the race set before us (I Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1), to praise God with skillful song (Psalm 33:1-3). We must take the lessons we have learned on our retreat, the vision of the “big picture” that we have acquired, and apply them to this season of rejoicing.

We do not do this on our own. Jesus is with us. Through His death, He immersed us in the mystery of suffering and sacrifice. He knew it would be more than we could absorb in such a short time, so He not only rose from the dead, He came to us to explain everything the Scriptures said of Him (Luke 24:27). He returned to explain how we could put His example into practise in our own times of suffering and sacrifice. He came to prepare us to spread His Good News.

May we who have renewed our Baptismal vows, we who have died to sin and risen with Christ to a life of holiness and purity, bring the joy of the risen Lord into every facet of our lives.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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