Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! This ancient Paschal greeting is not only a way of Christians to greet one another with the joy of the risen Lord, but it also serves as a reminder to us that the resurrection is not a distant reality but indeed, is alive for us today. St. John Paul II once proclaimed: “We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through His own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of His Paschal Mystery – the mystery of His Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”
This past year has been so difficult for many of us. But we also have so much for which to be thankful. Chief among them for me is the ability to celebrate the Easter Liturgy with all of you! This was not the case last year. But even among the difficulties and trials we experience in life, the Resurrection of Jesus shines through. Christ has conquered death, therefore what can we possibly fear?
As we lit the Easter candle last night, we prayed: “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.” In other words, may we remember that Christ has paid the price and won the ultimate victory, that nothing else can ever define us, and nothing else can ever have control over us. Our guilt, our shame, lables given to us by ourselves and others, addictions, stereotypes, prejudices, sickness, abuse, trials, economic strife, mental illness, loneliness, and anything else that would destroy us, has been destroyed by the death of Jesus. And His Resurrection promises us a share in His Glory, as we also prayed last night:
“The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.”
The Resurrection of Jesus has overcome all odds. It is hope for the hopeless. Christ has conquered all, and we who are baptized into Him, share in his Glory! This sharing is open to all! So, I say again: Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed!
If you are visiting us this weekend, thank you for being our guest. If you are looking to call St. Elizabeth Seton your Church Home, we would love that. You can register here on Sundays, online or in the Church office. If you are not yet Catholic, if you have been away some time, need to complete the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion), if you need your marriage recognized by the Church, or just want a family of faith to walk with, we are here for you! If you want to get involved we have thriving ministries to get connected.
No matter where you are on your journey, no matter what your past or present relationship is with the Church, we are here for you. YOU ARE WELCOME HERE! Come and experience the power of the Resurrection with us, every Sunday and beyond.
Some opportunities we have every week that maybe even regular Sunday worshipers would like to look into:
- Every Monday morning we distribute food to over 450 families. If you would like to help in our community, we’d love to have you.
- Tuesday night at 7:00, we have an Adoration Hour with Praise & Worship. Many people have been transformed by this time of singing before the Lord. Please consider joining us!
- The weekly Seton Spectator is send by email and text every week. To sign-up for this, text SETON7 to 84576 (for Spanish, text SETON7ESP to 84576).
Remember, the season of Easter continues for 50 days. We conclude the Easter season with the great Feast of Pentecost and an awesome Seton celebration! Our parish School as well as our Church is very alive! A blessed and happy Easter to you all! I love you and am glad to be here for you!
In the Risen Savior,