God Raised Jesus!
“This man God raised on the third day” (Acts 10:40). We have come to believe the testimony of Peter and John that God raised Jesus on the third day after his death. In John’s Gospel, chapter 20:5-7, the beloved disciple and Peter found an empty tomb and saw “the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head.” The disciples “saw and believed” that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. God raised Jesus from death. We, too, have come to believe in the Good News that on this “day the Lord has made” (Ps 118:24), Jesus rose from the dead. Responding to this profound mystery with the Psalmist, “let us rejoice and be glad” (v.24).
We are believers in the testimony of the disciples. Consequently, with Paul, we can say we were raised with Christ, for we have died in him, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:1-3). Unlike Peter and John, we did not see an empty tomb. Yet we believe that God raised this man Jesus. Our faith in the resurrection of Jesus is a gift bestowed upon us by the Father of grace. Our proof for the Risen Christ is the life of grace we live as believers. Our belief in the resurrection of Jesus reflects in our acceptance of the sacrament of baptism. We renew at mass today the promises we made at our baptism. Our baptism bears witness to our belief in the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
We heard in the Easter Sequence, “Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.” This is so true. We have a new life in Christ now. We are restored and reconciled to the Father. We are currently under the banner of grace, no longer under the regime of sin and death. We are victorious because Christ is risen. As a result, we joyfully offer thankful praise to the Paschal Victim, our Risen Savior.
A special CONGRATULATIONS to Sadie Fleming who was received into Full Communion with the Church and Diana Florez, Steve Gump and Kylie Tobias who completed their sacraments of initiation into the Church. May God Bless You!
Yes, Christ, our hope is arisen; let us rejoice and be glad. Let's fill each day of the Octave and, indeed, the next fifty days with the joy of the resurrection.
Happy Easter to you all!