Easter Sunday 2017

  HE IS RISEN

Acts 10:34-43           1 Corinthians 5:6-8         Ps.118                John 20:1-9

Acts is the Apostles call to be witnesses.  They were called to do what Jesus did—do good, heal, love one another.  They were commissioned to preach and teach.  Our message is to do the same.  We are commissioned and called to the same mission.  As St. Francis said, “Sometimes use words”.  It is our actions that tell the story.  On this Resurrection Day, may our actions and face be filled with the glow of Jesus and His joy.

In Corinthians, we are reminded that a little yeast leavens all the dough.  We again receive a calling this day, to be the little yeast.  The requirement is to clear out old dough.  What is our old dough?  Malice, wickedness, revenge?  Why do we need to become a fresh batch of dough?  We need to become the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  Beautiful thoughts, worthy actions!

In John’s Gospel, we see Mary’s distress.  Where is the Lord?  The stone has been removed.  What are the stones we need to remove?  Have you lifted any stones out of the way this Lent?  Some are light; others are heavy and take longer.  Some find their way in our path over and over again.  Then Peter and John saw the empty tomb and believed.  What did they see?  Folded linen cloths in the tomb.  Robbers do not take the time to fold neatly.  Peter and John did not see the Lord yet, they saw the empty tomb.  They believed.  We are called to the same belief.  Remember the Lord’s words. “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe”    He was talking to us!  So let us rejoice.

Psalm 118 puts the perfect ending to these readings.  THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

Abundant Blessings and love to all of you.

GK