Easter Changes Everything

Easter Changes Everything

Dear brothers & sisters,

The joy of the Resurrection fills our hearts and urges us to share it with all people. Something wonderful has happened not only to Jesus but also to us: we have risen to a new life.

Our readings this weekend will lead us to a huge jump from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. 1.) Acts 10: 34-37:43, a change in Peter, from a coward who betrayed Jesus three times, to a courageous & spirited preacher of the Gospel. 2.) Responsorial Psalm: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” – outburst of joy to marked contrast cry: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” 3.) St. Paul reminds us to “celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice, and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 4.) The Gospel of John, tells us that Mary Magdalene, despite her grief, took no time to rest, but came early in the morning to the tomb and found the stone was rolled away. The moment Mary Magdalene saw it, she immediately ran to tell the disciples and life became an instant marathon towards the tomb of Jesus. The disciples ran to where the emerging source of excitement was – the empty tomb! Excitement turned to realization. The disciples realized the body could not have been transferred, for if they did, the cloths would have been taken along with the body. The body could not have been stolen, for if it were, they would have disposed of the cloths in some way. Realization paved the way to conviction. What they saw was not just an empty tomb. What they saw was the fulfillment of what Jesus had always been telling them that “they did not understand as of yet.” But John was definite about it: “he saw and believed.” Conviction was transformed to proclamation.

Thus, Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday is the ultimate guarantee—the winner- of what we are all called to become, in this great marathon called life. We have left behind our moral miseries and weaknesses, and have come to share in the new life that Jesus offers to all those who make him Lord of their hearts. We gather to offer thankful praises to the Paschal Victim who is the Prince of Life and who reigns immortal over sin and death. Jesus is the reason for our joy. He is the source of our peace and our determination to become better Christians – better Catholics.

Happy Easter Everyone!

God Loves You!

– Fr. NEIL