He is Risen!

Dear Friends,

Jesus Christ is risen! “The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.” Happy and blessed Easter to you and your loved ones! In the Easter Sequence, we pray these words of profound joy, “Christians, to the Paschal Victim, Offer your thankful praises! …Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning! Amen. Alleluia.”

Easter is an earth shattering, history changing event. The sinless One, the eternal Son of the Father, became flesh and blood, went through death, and rose again, destroying sin and death. Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, the victor King who offers us new life through His Sacraments, new life here and hereafter. We dare not let our eyes dwell only upon the things of this world. We lift up our eyes, our minds, hearts and souls in praise to Him who reigns in heaven and gives us a share in Divine Life.

This Easter Sunday is so different from last. And yet, we still have farther to go. As time continues along, we may find questions arising within. What/where is our foundation? What is the focus of our thinking? The ongoing confusing communications we hear, the divisions that engulf us, the ongoing eroding of moral norms, can easily lead us to become worried, anxious, fearful, discouraged, perhaps even somewhat depressed. That is exactly where the Evil One wants us to be.

But Easter tells a different story, Easter shows forth the Divine power of transforming love, forgiveness, healing through the sufferings of Christ and His resurrection. On Easter we celebrate the explosion of God and His victory in our world. On Easter, and all through the fifty days of the Easter season until Pentecost, we are caught up in the overwhelming mercy and love of God that transforms our lives and enables us to bring Christ to others in our world through our self-sacrificing love.

So, our life foundation is Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, our victor King. Our thinking becomes filled with His grace so that we see as God sees, we think as God thinks, we speak and act as God does. We cannot do this on our own, by our strength of will. We can only do this by surrendering ourselves to God’s grace offered to us by Jesus Christ, especially in His Sacraments. May the reality and the joy which is Easter renew our mind, heart, body, and soul as we drink deeply from the living waters which flow to us from Jesus!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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