On this Easter Day, we hear once again of the joy of the Apostles and Our Lady when they learn that Jesus is risen. Have we ever stopped to consider the emotions the Risen Jesus experienced as He returned to those He loved?
Today, the Church invites us to hear the good news of Christ’s resurrection not as an event that happened long ago and far away. It is happening now within us. That is why, 2000 years later, we still exclaim, “This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”
St. Paul tells us that we “were raised in Christ.” This was not an isolated event from long ago and far away. The resurrection of Jesus Christ in our own flesh took place on the day of our Baptism! This means that the resurrection is ours, as well. In a truly mysterious way, we already share in the resurrection.
St. Paul also says, “Your life is hidden with Christ in God.” This does not point to the past or to some future event. The resurrection of Jesus means that our life is in and with His liferight now. Nothing can take this away from us. This is our treasure: Christ is Risen and He has raised us with Him.
As we celebrate this Joyous Season, let us pray for the grace that we may know and feel in our hearts that Jesus is with us, yesterday, today and for eternity!
On behalf of the entire staff of our parish family, I wish you a Blessed Easter and Joy filled season of Grace! -Fr. Mark