Christ is Risen! Alleluia, Alleluia! The tomb was a womb from which emerged a new life for Christ and a new life for each of us. We are called to reflect upon Newness of Life. We have new candles, new flowers, new altar cloths and new music. Amidst all the symbols of this Easter. We are grateful to have six people who will be made new creations in Christ through reception of the Sacraments.
St. Paul writes “Are you now aware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His Death? Through baptism into His Death, we were buried with him so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.” This passage is read at our funeral rites. It is a comfort for all those who mourn the loss of their loved ones in death. Those who have died in Christ are not really dead. They now live in Christ and one day, we can join them. The Resurrection of Christ proclaims that death is not the end, but rather the new beginning of a new life in Our Father’s house in Heaven. And yet, this new life to which Christ calls us is not confined merely to the time of our deaths.
We renew our baptismal vows. There is power in our baptisms to become new in Christ. The Resurrection power can be experienced not only after death but also after birth. Bishop Philip Brooks states, the great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death…that is not the greatest thing…but that we are to be new here and now by the power of the Resurrection.
We are called to awaken to the Living Christ whom we have received in baptism. Just as the apostles had encounters with the Risen Lord, you and I can experience His Presence. We celebrate Easter for fifty days. A wonderful practice could be to pray often the phrase; Jesus Christ the Risen Lord is present here. The Resurrection enables our Risen Lord to be present everywhere.
In Japan people do not say “Happy Easter!” They say, Congratulations, Resurrection. We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord because it is about our resurrections as well. We celebrate our resurrection in the here and now to New Life.
In terms of the Resurrection, think of the hymn “You Raise Me Up.” Think of it in terms of Christ raising you up when life is difficult.
The refrain goes:
You raise me up so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up so I can be more than I can be.
Easter proclaims the Rise Lord is there to raise you up.
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May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
Mary Adams, Tim Angelone,
Greg Basco, Gwen Beres,
Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican,
Phillip Bilelo, Dan Boone,
Donna Czyzynski, Corrine Dawe,
Jose Dybzinski, Jason Glaros, Kristin Hill, Millie Jasany, Lucy Konkoly, Tom Konkoly,
Judy Landolph, Bishop Richard Lennon,
Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
Dorothy Mangan, Regina McConnell, Therese McFadden, Rose Meadows, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Jeannette Morrow, Louis Novac,
Art Novotny, Dan Palmentera,
John Pocius, Betty Rhine, Brianna Rhine, Bob Schippling, Elaine Stack,
Lynne Sempruch, Rev. John Tezie,
Aaron Thiem, Andrew Turowski,
Ed Vitigoj, Carole Walk, Ron Walk,
Robert Wagner and David Zelenka.
May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven.
For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish & their families.
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