Easter Sunday

…My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN!  ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA!  HE IS TRULY RISEN!  ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA! 

Today is Easter Sunday!  The Feast of all Feasts!  The Sunday of all Sundays in the year!  The whole Christian world celebrates the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! 

The proclamation of the Gospel on Easter Sunday morning is meant to exude JOY!  The proclamation of the Easter Gospel ought to leave us wondering why Easter Sunday is so very important in the life of Christians.  Jesus Christ redeemed us all through His death and resurrection. 

While all four Gospels have women visiting Jesus’ tomb and finding it empty, the details in each narrative differ (Mark 16: 1-8; Matthew 28: 1-10; Luke 24: 1- 11).  In all accounts, the women’s visit to the Tomb occurs at dawn on the day after the Sabbath rest.  In John’s narrative, Mary of Magdala appears to approach the Tomb herself, but then ran to Saint Peter and told him the Lord was taken from the Tomb. 

Saint John, the beloved disciple, the one who was at Jesus’ side at the Last Supper and at the Crucifixion, the Apostle who never left Jesus’ side, came to the Lord’s tomb, went in, saw it empty, and believed.  On this Holy Easter morning, have you come to believe?  Have you also experienced the Resurrection of Jesus in your own life?  Can you see places in your life where suffering has been turned into joy, where you have found an empty Tomb? 

Easter allows us to live like Jesus and to be a loving presence in the world as He is.  Easter reminds us all of what God’s love has done for us and continues to do for us.  God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us life.  In a sense, that wasn’t once and for all, and yet in a sense it is.  It is now and always. 

Jesus Christ is still with us here and now and is always with us here and now, even though at times He may seem far away.  His Risen life is in us, and we are in Him.  The Father loves us; the Son loves us; and the Holy Spirit empowers us.  Easter allows us to live that love and to share it with others. 

This isn’t pie in the sky.  Easter is as real as the air we breathe and the water we drink and as real as the person sitting right next to us here and now.  This Easter time, let us be conscious of the Risen Christ’s love and bring His love and mercy to our whole world.  “This is the day the Lord has made!  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”  Happy Easter Days!

                                                                    A Blessed Easter to All! 
                      
                                    Devotedly in the Risen Christ, 
                                       
                                                Father Jim 
                                                    SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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