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Friends, on this Easter we should remember that Jesus is not just a soul that’s gone to heaven. The resurrected Christ, as Paul said, is the first fruits of a new life. A whole new human nature has appeared and emerged.

Resurrection can’t simply mean, as many contemporary authors want us to believe, that the cause of Jesus goes on. (As though you listen to the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven and the society of Beethoven lovers says, “Well, the spirit of Beethoven goes on.”) People don’t give their whole lives, don’t go to the end of the world preaching, don’t go to their death in support of a vague metaphor. What galvanized the first Christians was that Jesus – the crucified one who had died-is now alive again.

On this Easter, we Christians must avoid another problem: seeing the Resurrection simply as a return to this life. Lazarus was raised from the dead, only to die again. He still belonged to the realm of death. When Lazarus came forth, he was still wearing his grave clothes. He still belonged, in some way, to the tomb.

That’s not what happens in the Resurrection. When Jesus rises from the dead, He leaves his grave clothes behind. Jesus now lives a new life exalted through the power of the Father. His relationship to space and time is now completely changed. He passes through locked doors. He comes and goes as he pleases.

Jesus is the first fruit of a new way of being, a new life. It’s still a human life, but it is now lived at a higher pitch of intensity. This is such good news for us because this is what God intends for all of us: that we now will share in the risen life of Jesus.

It’s our human life – yes, still bodily – but now lived at a higher level, spiritualized and glorified.

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It’s been a great week! I think that the expectations for the celebrations of the day of the Resurrection have somehow made time seem to have gone faster than usual; and as we celebrate Easter Sunday today, it almost feels as though one day is not enough to express all our joy and thanksgiving  for God’s gift to us: Jesus’ Resurrection.

It really was great to attend the Holy Mass this morning and sing songs of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord.  I am sure the atmosphere felt   different, and that is not because of the Easter Egg hunt that the Parish put together as a treat for the kids after the Mass, but because people were genuinely happy to be there celebrating the greatest blessing  of our Christian faith.

Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: “Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven.” When I heard these words, a strong force came upon me and seemed to place me in the middle of a street, so that I might say in a loud voice to people of every age, sex and status: “Hear, O people; hear, O nations. I am warning you about the commandment of Christ by using words that came from his own lips: We cannot obtain grace unless we suffer afflictions. We must heap trouble upon trouble to attain a deep participation in the divine nature, the glory of the sons of God and perfect happiness of soul.”

— St. Rose of Lima

First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
John 20:1-9

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This is it. Today as we celebrate the Lord’s Passion, Christians from all over the world pray and mourn for Him. While we may feel very sad and introspective, especially during the adoration of the Cross, today we may also be  filled with hope and expectation for the celebrations of  His Resurrection.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.  (Isaiah 53,5)

Today’s reading:

Isaiah 52,13  – 53,12
Hebrew 4:14-16, 5:7 -9
St. John 18:1- 19:42

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