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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We are the Easter People

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Easter Sunday has come and gone... yet the Easter season in our church lasts for 50 days... straight up to Pentecost. That magnificent day when the One who the Lord had promised would come (Luke 24:49) and bring power from on high...that day when Holy Spirit fire fell and timid men became brave and bold, illiterate men became knowledgeable and they all spoke in other languages.

Easter is the fulfillment of the promise made by God after the fall of man.. that He would redeem us and wipe away our sins.. that we would be made whole and clean and able to enter the gates of Heaven... that our separation from Him would end... that our sins would be paid for in full!

Easter is the celebration of our return to the bosom of our loving Father.. it is the proof of His great abiding love for us. It is the joy of that Resurrection morning when the tomb was empty and God had conquered death and sin.. for us.

Easter is the realization of all our hope in the Lord. It is the dawning of a new faith.. it is putting our hands into Jesus' wounds like Thomas.. it is knowledge of the great price He paid. It is freedom from the bondage of sin and death!

Easter is the trembling, awe-filled  wonder of our Lord ascending to Heaven and the promises He left to comfort and empower. It is His beautiful, infinite majesty and His promise that He will always be with us.

Below is part of the exsultet sung at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night:

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Easter is a time of  joy, hope, renewal of our faith in the promises of God.

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song" Pope John Paul II

May the joy and hope of Easter reign in your hearts and homes and I pray that you cling to the awesome promises of God to us... 
His Easter people!    HALLELUJAH!!

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