The Experience of Easter

We are an Easter people. The joy of Easter is celebrated not only during the liturgical season we call Easter. It is celebrated every day of the year. The Mass is the Paschal Mystery, and every time it is celebrated, we participate in the sacrifice, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As St. Paul teaches, we die with Christ and rise with Him in the Holy Spirit. We are transformed into new creations. We are renewed.

Stewards of God’s abundant gifts hold dear the promise of renewal and pledge themselves to the work of reconciliation, healing and proclamation of the risen Lord. For Christian stewards, each day is a new dawn for living in the light of Christ. There is much about dying and rising with Christ that we do not know; much about the Paschal Mystery we do not understand. But stewards of God’s love are always open to learning more; to being called out of their ignorance and into the light of faith which comes with an ever-deeper understanding of its peace and joy.

Easter is a good time to reflect on how we experience the joy of Christ’s peace. It is also a time to ask ourselves how we can experience the gift of Easter each day of our lives.

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone who has been praying for my sister and brother-in-law, Sally & David Frey. They have been on the Prayer List, the intention of Masses, and on personal prayer lists as well.

Dave had been sick for 15 years, and critically ill for the last year. Two weeks ago my sister told me that they were bringing him home to die and she needed me with her. [I was gone from the office for 10 days, and I truly appreciate your patience and understanding.]

We prayed for God to be merciful and accept David into his loving care as quickly as possible. He passed away surrounded by his loving family just two hours after returning home.

I was so grateful that I was able to be there as a support for my sister and the extended family, but most of all for Dave.

I kept reminding myself and saying to the family that death is what we as Christians live for. It is through dying that we are born to eternal life. Dave is the lucky one. He has achieved his goal and now he is one of the angels in God’s presence.

It is fitting that this happened just before I had to prepare this Easter bulletin. I am reminded on this day that Jesus lived that he would die. During his time on earth he was fully present to those around him as he continues to be every day and especially when we celebrate the Eucharist.

I pray that each and every one of us keep this in our minds each and every day. We are born with unique gifts and talents that are intended to be shared with abundance as we prepare ourselves for Eternal Life.

Have a Blessed Easter!