by Parish Staff
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you!
Alleluia, the Lord is risen, let us rejoice and be glad. It is time for us to celebrate. The Sunday liturgies of Lent have challenged us to do everything in our power to make a change in our personal lives so that we put Jesus back into the center, to make Him the focal point of our lives. During the 6:30 a.m. Masses during Lent, I have challenged you to “get into the skin of Jesus” so that we truly be more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives. Through baptism, we became part of the Body of Christ. Jesus raised us up to a new level. We became co-heirs with Him to the Kingdom of Heaven. Hopefully during our Lenten journey we died to self and filled ourselves with the love of God. As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord today, we should also be celebrating our new life in Jesus. Hopefully, each of one of us can say today that the Resurrected Christ lives in us.
The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus is truly a mystery since we do not understand what the resurrected body looks like, but we do know that it is more than just having life given back to the human body. Somehow, the body of the Lord changed when He resurrected. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us of Christ’s resurrected body (#645): “this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm. For this reason too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples, precisely to awaken their faith.”
The resurrection of Christ is clearly not just a return to the earthly life, as was the case when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. In his risen body He passes from the state of death to another life beyond time and space. Since the resurrected Christ is filled with the Holy Spirit, he shares the divine life in his glorious state (cf.646).
Because Christ resurrected from the dead, you and I can put our absolute faith in all of Christ’s works and teachings. His Resurrection simply confirms the truth of Jesus’ divinity. His death on the cross liberates us from sin and his Resurrection opens for us the way to a new life. The Resurrection of Jesus is the principle and source of our future resurrection. This is Jesus’ promise that one day, if we live our life with Him and die with Him, we will also share in His Resurrection.
Sharing in His Resurrection is cause enough for us to rejoice and be glad. Today should be a day of celebration for the Lord has indeed risen from the dead and given us new life. Go out and spread the good news to all you meet this day and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. May our lives always reflect our belief in the Resurrection of Jesus.
This Lent was hopefully a time of growth for us. The Sunday liturgies have challenged us to be strengthened each time we reject a temptation that goes against the teachings of Jesus, to have hope in the life that awaits us as shown in the Transfiguration of Jesus, to drink fully of the water that gives everlasting life – the water of baptism, to always walk in the light of the Lord, and to live a life that reflects our belief that Jesus is the source of all life. In short, to do everything in our power to make a change in our personal lives so that we put Jesus back into the center, to get into the skin of Jesus. Hopefully, each of one of us can say today that our new self has risen with the Resurrected Christ.
Someone sent me an email that summarizes what Easter should mean to us:
I love you,