for Sunday, March 31, 2013
Christ is risen! That means that Christ is alive after being put to death.
Christ is risen! That means that the forgiveness that He promised to us
is real: our sins are forgiven! Christ is risen! That means that when we
die, we will be with Him. When He comes in glory at the end of time, we
will be with Him. Christ is risen! That means that truly He is the Son of
God, God of God, Light of Light.
My friends, so often we end up with our faith as something inside us that
we just barely sort of tolerate. On Easter morning, we must shout out with
all of creation: Christ is risen!
The Gospel at this Day Mass for Easter is full of delight and joy. We can
just imagine Peter and John running to the tomb. John runs faster but then
waits for Peter. Peter, as always, is just a bit behind and does not
understand the Scripturew that Jesus had to rise from the dead. John waits
out of respect and when John enters the tomb, he sees and he believes.
Both Peter and John are faithful followers of Jesus. Our Christian
community is always made of people with different relationships to the Lord
and to the Scripture. We must learn to rejoice in our differences even as
we seek the Lord Jesus together. We must all be seeking the truth together
and also will to respect those who have roles of leadership within the
community. Christ is risen! Christ invites us to walk with Him and to
form a community with Him.
We must come to see and believe that Christ is risen. We see this in the
love of others, in the beauty that is always present in others and in
creation and in the truth that we search for together as a community. We
especially see the love of Christ and that He is risen when we serve the
poor and the rejected.
We also see that Christ is risen when we believe in the forgiveness of
sins. We must believe and trust in Jesus even when we are still sinners.
We have to believe that the sins of others are forgiven if we want to
believe that our sins are forgiven. Because Christ is risen, we can live
in peace and harmony even with those who would want to destroy us. Christ
is risen! It is Christ who has shown us how to forgive even those who put
us to death. It is Christ who teaches us to love even those who work
against us in every circumstance. Christ is risen!
All of this is only believable today if we believe that Jesus is Lord,
Jesus is God and Jesus in my Savior. If Christ has risen from the dead,
then we are saved. Christ is risen. Let us rejoice in Him and with one
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 10.34a, 36-43++
Second Reading: Colossians 3.1-4
Gospel: John 20.1-18++
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