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Easter Sunday, 2012

April 8, 2012


Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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O God, who on this day,
through Your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by Your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Acts 10: 34, 37-43 (St. Peter proclaims Jesus’ death and 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 (set your heart on things above)
OR: I Corinthians 5:6-8 (celebrate, not with corruption, but with sincerity and truth)
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems: Christ,
Who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, Who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, Who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen”
To Galilee He goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.
+John 20:1-9 (At Mary Magdalene’s word, Peter and John run to the empty tomb)

The fire burns!

I have come to send fire on the earth.
How I wish the blaze were ignited!
-Luke 12:49

It started in His Heart.
It never died.
It just went underground,
fulfillment of the sacred fire of old…

When our fathers were being exiled to Persia,
devout priests of the times took some of the fire from the altar
and hid it secretly in the hollow of a dry cistern
-II Maccabbees 1:18

It changed its form…

Nehemiah sent the descendants of the priests who had hidden the fire
to look for it…
they could not find any fire,
but only muddy water
-II Maccabbees 1:20, 21

When the sun…began to shine,
a great fire blazed up
-II Maccabbees 1:22

The Son began to shine.
The fire blazed up!
Baptismal waters burn!

The darkness melts away.

The fire spread
(like candles in the night;
a church made bright…)

So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved,
and told them
-John 20:2

We’ve got to run
with zeal afire…
tell everyone!

He commissioned us to preach to the people…
that everyone who believes in Him
will receive forgiveness of sins through His Name
-Acts 10:42, 43

The things of earth will burn
–our sins and fears–
embrace the flame!
Choose the divine!
Be purified!
And celebrate!

let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth
I Corinthians 5:8

But guard the fire within your heart.

It’s much more fragile
than you realize.

It will not burn
without the fuel
of loving sacrifice,
and Daily Bread
–it must be fed!

And shield it from the gales
of disbelief.
You’ll come to grief
if you neglect
your heart’s desire.

So stir it up!
And raise your head!

If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God…
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God
-Colossians 3:1, 3

[God] raised us up with Him
and made us sit with Him
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
-Ephesians 2:6

Our citizenship is in Heaven
-Philippians 3:20

You’re Heaven-sent
and homeward-bound:
a spark returning to the blaze
of Love.
Don’t come alone!

Have you ever tried to take home some of the sacred fire from the Easter Vigil
and keep it burning?
What can the qualities of fire (and the challenges of keeping it burning!)
teach us about the spiritual life?
Does your soul radiate the light and warmth of the Sacred Heart?

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