Beloved Parishioners, we have good reason to rejoice and be glad today – this is the day that the Lord has made!
We share in the experience of Peter and John as they ran to the tomb and peered in. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. (John 20: 4-6). With John, (he saw and believed. John20:8), we have the opportunity to see and believe: Jesus who was crucified and died is now risen!
St. Paul reminds us that what we celebrate today must mean something for our daily living. If we really believe that Jesus is risen, then we must make a sincere effort each day to set our hearts on heavenly things. “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” Col 3: 2.
Jesus left his place at God’s right hand to live among us; now he has returned to his Father and invites us to live in him. We must try to be intent on things above rather than on things of earth. This is a daily struggle for most of us. It’s just too easy to become intent on our own needs and wants, our own suffering and pain. These can easily distract us from the things that we say really count: from seeking to do God’s will and not our own and trying to love others as Jesus has loved us.
The Lord has made this day for our salvation. During the Easter Mass we share once again in Jesus’ saving mystery by renewing our baptismal promises as a community of faith. But renewing them is not enough. We are called to give witness to our renewal by the way we live our daily lives. Our words and deeds must flow from the same source: the saving grace that flows from Jesus’ death and rising.
May we learn to ask for God’s grace each day so that we may live this new life. Then the words we say and the actions we do will proclaim to everyone we meet the truth we celebrate today: Jesus is risen! He is alive in us!
I wish you all a Joy filled Easter and the Risen Lord’s Blessings!