Resurrection: How We Live Each Day
When we come face-to-face with the resurrection of Jesus we are struck speechless. We, like those first witnesses to the risen Lord, lack understanding of God’s, life and love. We don’t know what to say or do. It’s just so unbelievable! Once we are able to accept this gift of faith, Easter is “the day”—that pivotal day of how we live each day.
Our very being has its foundation in God our Father, Jesus, God’s only Son and our redeemer, and the life-giving Holy Spirit. Baptized into this life of grace, we move forward each day in the footsteps of our savior.
The Church reminds us how we are to live and act, in light of the resurrection and not in the darkness of sin and evil. We are to live and be a people of thanks. That is “Gratitude”…we are to live in gratitude for life itself, for faith, for love and forgiveness, and for eternal life with him and all our loved ones.
This gratitude is best expressed in celebrating the Eucharist, especially on Sunday—for each Sunday is a “Little Easter.” Whenever the community gathers for this prayer, each person brings his or her sacrificial service of the past week to be offered to the Father in the Son’s name, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
We live with a grateful heart each and every hour of everyday. It is just not enough to pray. That might be too simple and easy. Our faith in the risen Lord moves us to willingly show our gratitude by using our gifts for the sake of God’s love and the good of our neighbors. We are not forced nor is it a drudgery. We want to share in the life giving spirit of Jesus among us.
Acknowledging God’s abundant blessing upon us and our parish for 150 years, I commend you and your loved ones to the loving and strengthening embrace of our risen Lord, his Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, our beloved patron.