Happy Easter!

Dear Friends,

Happy and blessed Easter!!! “The Lord is truly risen, alleluia! To Him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia!” (entrance Antiphon for Easter Mass).

What joy fills our hearts as we ponder the awesome revelation of Jesus, brutally put to death, rising from the tomb on that first Easter Sunday. This reality impacts everything in the world, directs our thoughts and our actions. This feast tells us that everything has changed and it has changed forever.

On Easter, our focus also turns to Baptism. At the Easter Vigil, we celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist) for Natalie Alushi Meta, who now is the newest member of our Catholic parish family. At all the Easter Masses, we renew our own Baptismal promises, reminding ourselves that we are saved through our participation in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The flowers in Church remind us that just as the earth is renewed through the cycles of nature and life springs forth from the barrenness of winter, so we have life everlasting life, not from ourselves or our works, but in and through death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

As Bishop Robert Barron states, there are three key lessons for us from the disquieting fact of the Resurrection. First, this world is not all that is. Death is not our master. This world is a place of transition to something greater, more splendid and everlasting. Second, the tyrants of this world – whether in the realms of the political, nationalism, geographic, academia, or playground “bullies” – know their time is up. The Resurrection is not imaginary; it is real, actual, life-changing. Finally, salvation is open to everyone. Jesus’ descent even into ‘godforsakenness’ reveals the depths of God’s desire and the depths of God’s love for us as He pursues us in this life.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a matter of study, inquiry, memory, ‘otherness.’ The Resurrection shockingly reveals Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and we should be unnerved, moved, motivated, changed and set on fire as His disciples here, now and forever.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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