“Christ is risen!”
“He is Risen indeed!”
This ancient Easter greeting is practiced among eastern Christians as a reminder of the mandate to proclaim to all the world the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. For Christians, the Resurrection is everything. As the ancient hymn of the Church declares the power of the resurrection: “dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.”
Some may be tempted to believe that the joy of the resurrection is not for us, because they don’t identify as “religious” people. If this is you, please be reminded that the resurrection of Jesus was first proclaimed to those who were often shunned by the “religious” and “righteous” men of the ages. A woman whom our lord had driven seven demons from became the first to herald his resurrection, fishermen, tax collectors, extremists, and vagrants were the principal ones to whom the resurrection was revealed, and they spread this Good News (Gospel) to the ends of the earth!
The resurrection is a message of hope for the world. By it, sinners are made clean, the lowly are exalted and even the power of death is destroyed! If you have found yourself visiting Church or attending Mass for the first time in a while, or even the first time ever, please know that you are welcome here, unconditionally. If there is anything we as a parish can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact any of us you will find contact information for all staff, including myself in the bulletin. Welcome home.
In Christ, Fr. Casey