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Easter Sunday

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily for Easter Sunday: CLICK HERE!

Today’s Gospel is pretty interesting… We hear of Mary of Magdala going to the Tomb of Jesus  and then running back to Simon Peter and the other disciple and telling them: “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”  And the other disciple and Peter run to the Tomb.  And when they arrive, at the empty tomb, they “see and believe” but did not yet understand the scripture that “He had to rise from the Dead”.

Their faith was shaken by the events of the past Days, and now this…  Yet, they had faith, even if it was a glimmer of faith…

And in the days ahead – today we call them the EASTER SEASON – the Disciples would have time to think, to reflect, to experience what really happened these past days, including that early morning some 2000 years ago.

We are no different than the disciples of the scriptures.  Yes, we know Jesus;  Yes, we know what he said and taught and did when He was with us… but, we too are called to ponder, to reflect, to remember, and to grow in understanding and in living our faith in Jesus, our Lord and Savior; as the Disciples of Jesus have done over the past 2000 years.

It took more than one day, one Sunday morning 2000 years ago, but the Disciples, eventually came to understand what it not only meant to be a Disciple of Jesus;  but what to rise from the dead, really meant.

Peter, in time was able to witness to all that Jesus was and is to us and all people he has risen; he is alive!

Maybe the message of Easter, the message of the resurrection of Jesus is more than a simple one-day celebration.  Maybe it is an invitation to make the TRUTH of Easter a way of life each of us in our own way striving to bring: light where there is darkness; hope where there is despair;   and community building where there is division.

Finally let me end with a story:

An 11 year old boy named Philip, who had Down’s Syndrome, was in a religion class with 8 other children.  On Easter Sunday the teacher gave each child an empty plastic egg.   The children were told to go outside and find something to put into the egg that would remind them of the meaning of Easter.

They came back excited and happy.  As each egg was opened there were exclamation of delight at a butterfly, a twig, a flower, a blade of grass.  Then the last egg was opened.   It was Philip’s and it was empty.  Some of the children laughed at Philip.

“But teacher,” Philip said, “Teacher, the tomb was empty!”

Easter Sunday

The Creation account from the Book of Genesis, the first reading that we heard proclaimed in song last night at the Easter Vigil is probably my favorite reading from that Liturgy.

In creating “the heavens and the Earth” God saw the potential, the possibilities in what was being created.  The possibilities not only in the things of Creation, but the potential and possibilities in the us, His people, in each of us “created in His image and likeness.”

Like the Disciples of Jesus, we too are meant to share the Good News, not only that Jesus is RISEN, but that Jesus continues to live in our world, in and through, each of us.  Each us doing the very work of Christ “wherever we happen to be.”

Easter is filled with the promise of new things that can only be realized through love, compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation, justice and peace.  Things that our world is desperately in need of today.

The empty tomb of Easter is the sign of perfect hope:

  • That in Christ all things are possible
  • That we can live our lives with meaning and purpose
  • That we can become the people God has created us to be…  whole, Holy, Christian (which was another name for Saint ).

God patiently waits as creation unfolds, as creation evolves.

May He see in our lives our love for Him and His love/our love for others.

Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil Scriptures

Genesis 1:1-2:2;  Exodus 14:15-15:1;  Ezekiel 36:16-28;  Romans 6:3-11;  Mark 16:1-7

It goes without saying that EASTER is the greatest event ever.  Yes, even greater than Christmas.

For today the Church, we the Church, celebrate the gift of not just life, but eternal life.   The gifts of faith, hope and love and so much more freely won for us by the life, death and resurrection of the God-Man:  Jesus.

Throughout the world thousands upon thousands of people will be received in the Catholic Church, this Easter 2015.  They will become, as they say:  “Catholic” through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

And here at St. Mary’s, Crescent, we welcome:  Linda, Roger, Nicole, Ed, and “MD” who are very much aware of the gift of faith, the gift of God’s love, the gift of God’s presence that they are sharing in tonight in a very special way.

Often as “Cradle Catholics” we can take our faith for granted.   But our RCIA Candidates and Catechumens reminds us to be grateful for the gifts of God:  celebrate them, appreciate them, live them… daily.

Pope Francis recently said of Holy Week,  “It is a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting.  Holy Week is a time of grace given us by the Lord so that we can move beyond a dull and mechanical way of living our faith and instead open the doors of our hearts.”

I think we can all identify with what the Pope shares about the routine of Faith that often robs us from appreciating, celebrating and living the gift of faith that was passed on to us in the past.

Easter Sunday, and the Easter Season ahead, is a reminder to all of us to open the doors of our hearts to living lives daily that are becoming more and more in sync the Lord.

We are all aware of personal, family, community, national or international situations that need the understanding, the forgiveness, the peace, the life, the love that only God can give.

Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, Jesus asks each of us, to bring what the world and people hunger for to others through our Christ centered thoughts and actions today and every day.

Individually and collectively, we are called to give attention to some area of life that needs to be resurrected from the dead.  Who or what needs the Life-Giving touch of the resurrected Jesus-in-us?  Who or what needs the Life-Giving touch of the resurrected Jesus-thru-us, his Faithful Disciples of today and every day?

As Pope Francis reminds us:  “Let the Risen Jesus into your life.  Welcome him as a friend, with trust:  He is Life!”

Recently, a friend sent me an Easter Card.  The front of the card showed people sitting in their pews in church, among them was the Easter Bunny.  The front of the card said:  “Know how you can tell the EASTER BUNNY is RELIGIOUS?”

And turning to the inside of the card it said:  “During the Sermon, he’s all ears.”

Happy Easter!