Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Reading 1 Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with Him.
We are witnesses of all that He did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree.
This Man God raised on the third day and granted that He be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that He is the One appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To Him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in Him
will receive forgiveness of sins through His Name.”

We need to be like the Apostles and preach about Jesus to all people.  We are commissioned as they were because we, too, are witnesses of Christ.  We may not be with Him in His earthly Bodily Form, but we are witnesses of His mystical Body, the Church.  It is an honor although some may think it is a burden.  But what an honor to be given the responsibility to spread God’s Love.  The fact that He wants to use us is something to savor.  We should not keep Him to ourselves, but we need to go out into the world and make Him known.  Because of Him, our sins are forgiven.  Wiped away and clean.  If people truly believed this message, so many more souls would be saved.  There is no need to beat ourselves up and remove ourselves from God because we feel ashamed, rather Jesus heals the wound and is the Bridge to the Father.

Reading 2 Col 3:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right Hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with Him in glory.

Seeking what is above is difficult.  There is so much noise and fog that clouds our heads, minds, hearts, and souls.  So much stress results from us looking around instead of looking up.  We constantly want and claim we need things of the world because our focus is skewed.  We are not on the right track and become distracted by materialism, lust, drunkenness, gluttony, pride, anger.  We have these thoughts about what our lives are supposed to look like and in that we lose God.  God is where our meaning and purpose comes from, and nothing else will quench our thirst or satisfy us until we detach ourselves from the earthly things.  There is a certain peace that comes from looking up and above because only then do we find ourselves and what we are supposed to be, Christ’s mirror.

Gospel Jn 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put Him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
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.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered His Head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that He had to rise from the dead. 

How great a joy Easter produces! A time when we become more alive.  It is the start of such a happy season.  We are no longer slaves chained down by our sins but a people whose Savior defeated death.  Now death is not the end but a new beginning.  Jesus destroyed sin as well because all of our sin and suffering was on the cross with Him.  We can now be fully alive and know the end is not Good Friday.  There is more.  This is why we have hope, a hope that never fails.  It is the anchor to the soul.  The reason we continue to live.  Everything else in our lives should reflect Easter.  We are saved and remade, and we should act this way.  No longer do we have an excuse to keep sinning, and we are different.  We are whole and changed all because God came down in the form of man and gave up His Life in order that we may have life. Wow. Thank you, Jesus.  I never want to let the Easter miracle become just something I know.  I want to live it, love it, and promote it.

 

 

 

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