Dear Parish Family,
Today, we celebrate not only an empty tomb, but the One who opened the tomb and left it empty. Jesus the Christ destroyed death; His death and our death. Fear of death may once have had power over us. But, for Jesus’ disciples, then and now, faith in Jesus Christ conquers that fear. It is His gift of faith that brought us here today to celebrate His victory and worship Him as Lord of the world.
Jesus conquered death, but he didn’t give us a way around it. Instead, He confronted death and won. We also, with faith in Him, must confront death. Let Jesus roll away the stone that you cannot move (sorrow, sickness, addiction, etc.). Let Him fill that space with His light and the fresh wind of His Holy Spirit.
Each Lent, we are called to die to our selfishness, pride, laziness, greed, envy, judgment, prejudice, sense of entitlement, impurity in thoughts and actions. For 40 days, you have been dying to these vices and many others. Now, this Easter morning, call out to the Lord. Ask him to raise you up into His virtue and freedom.