Dear Parish Family:
This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!
We can't underestimate what those emotions must have been like for Peter and John racing to the tomb, after they heard the words from the women "He is alive." It was news almost too good to be true.
If it was true then, everything Jesus said was all entirely true. Everything He did made so much more sense. All that they knew from the Scripture were fulfilled. If it was true they would have to respond to the news; nothing in their world could stay the same. Everything in their life would be different because they would now be the witness of this great story. Somehow they would have to make it known to others. It would not just be for them. The apostles running to the tomb is a good image of us this morning.
We all need this kind of expectant faith. The world we live in is rapidly becoming a world absent of wonder and awe for God. Many people have lost a sense of spiritual direction in their lives. We have only to look at our local sad statistics of heroin overdoses and suicide of young people. The rising tide of such statistics point to a severe lack of hope and a loss of spiritual energy. The answer is a need for significant meaningful relationships. The most significant is a relationship with the Risen Christ. Christ is God and He wants a personal relationship with each of us.
Today we proclaim the news that death and darkness, sin and chains have done their worst and have not succeeded. The good news is that there is hope for everyone. Christ wants a living relationship with every one of us. He reaches out in new life in many ways…but it is through the family of the Church that we get to hear the story of death and resurrection and what it means. It is through the Church that we get to encounter Him in the Sacraments.
It is in the community of the Church that we get an opportunity for ongoing conversion with others who want to be on "The Way." The Church is not a perfect society, but of sinners who need a savior.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Today we can start fresh from Christ. He offers us an invitation to believe and to drink deeply from the life giving waters of His New life that comes from accepting repentance from our sins and the mercy that flows from His wounded side. If we let go of our sins and past compromises…His new life awaits us!
Next week end is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a time to drink in the mercy and forgiveness that we need. We will have confessions in the afternoon and a special 3pm Hour of Mercy with a presentation by Sisters of the Reparation. They are a religious community founded on the spirituality of Divine Mercy.
Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed!