The Resurrection of the Lord

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion

Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2,16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8;
Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10 or Lk 24:13-35


Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!

Today is the most holy day of the year, even more so than Christmas, because today Jesus culminated His work of Redemption. After the atoning sacrifice of His Death on the Cross to pay for our sins, He conquered death. He rose from the dead so we might have new life!

The world had gone astray. We had all sinned and separated ourself from God (Rm 3:23). We were, as Scripture says, dead in our transgressions, following this world and the desires of the flesh (Eph 2:1-7).

Yet, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

For our part, to receive and enjoy this gift of new life in Christ, we must affirmatively accept it and embrace it to the end. This acceptance flows out of our act of faith in Christ and being baptized. If we were baptized as a child, our parents made this act of faith for us until we became old enough to embrace it ourselves.

Then, we live out our new life as we love, trust, and obey Christ, manifested by regularly attending Holy Mass, receiving the Sacraments (Penance and Holy Communion), praying and reading Sacred Scripture, and actively loving and serving others for Christ's sake.

The greatest treasure which the Risen Christ brings us is Himself. He personally comes to us, giving us power to be children of God and pouring out His Holy Spirit to assist us, as He gives us eternal life.

Jesus Christ died and rose to give us new life! Let us consider where we most need new life. What within us is crying out for resurrection and revitalization? If death had no power over Him, is anything in our life too great for Him to transform?

Today and throughout the Easter season, let us draw new life from our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and share it with others.

 

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