Saturday, April 19, 2014

04-20-2014 -- Easter, Year A

April 20, 2014 - Easter, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, during the Easter Season, instead of saying, “Hello,” people say, “Christ is risen!!”

And the response is, “Truly he is risen!!”

We Catholics are too stayed, too reserved to do that. It would make us a bit uncomfortable.

But the joy of Easter is something we should proclaim, if not with our tongues, then with our lives.

For the last 40 days we reflected a lot about sin, our need to change, the difficulties of our lives, our shortcomings, our faults and failings.

But Lent is over! The fast is over! Jesus died, but death is over! Sin is redeemed! We are forgiven! Jesus is alive again!

Christ is risen!! Truly he is risen!!

Today, we rejoice that we don’t face all our challenges alone. Jesus, who suffered and died, was raised to a new life.

So if we unite our own suffering with his, then we share the resurrection with him, we share the new life.

Easter is the surprise ending to the horrible death of Jesus. He did his best to show us a new way. He washed the feet of his disciples. He kissed Judas.

He healed the severed ear of the high priest’s servant. He answered Pilate’s questions. He looked silently at Herod.
He admonished the women of Jerusalem. He thanked Simon of Cyrene. He forgave the soldiers. He prayed for his murderers.

Finally, bruised, beaten, crucified, he breathed his last. But God rescued him and gave him new life.

This new life is a most precious, wonderful gift given to us. What are we going to do with it? The plot is yet to unfold for us. Our story is not over.

We must live in the joy of the resurrection, truly live. Otherwise we reach the point of death only to realize that we never actually lived.

Jesus is calling us to live in the resurrection. Jesus is calling us to new life.

We rejoice that we are not alone, we are not abandoned, we are not forsaken. Jesus is risen.

Jesus is with us again!
Jesus is forgiving us again!
Jesus is healing us again!
Jesus is guiding us again!
Jesus is loving us again!

The tomb may be empty, but our lives are not.

Our lives are important. With all our faults and failings, our lives are valuable and worthy of celebrating because we are filled with the glory of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

We are important. We are cherished. We are loved.

Christ is risen!! Truly he is risen!!

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