Today’s Thoughts: "The Lord is risen, Alleluia! Happy Easter everyone! I have chosen some words from Pope Francis to give us a little food for thought as we celebrate this Easter morning – “If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty. Jesus Christ truly lives…. Christ, risen and glorified, is the wellspring of our hope, and he will not deprive us of the help we need to carry out the mission which he has entrusted to us.
Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force. Often it seems that God does not exist: all around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference and cruelty. But it is also true that in the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit. On razed land life breaks through, stubbornly yet invincibly. However dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew, it rises transformed through the storms of history. Values always tend to reappear under new guises, and human beings have arisen time after time from situations that seemed doomed. Such is the power of the resurrection, and all who evangelize are instruments of that power.” (Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel)
These words of resurrection today from Pope Francis remind us of what Easter is all about. He challenges us to believe in the empty tomb and like Mary of Magdala and disciple whom Jesus loved to believe and proclaim that belief to all we meet. There is goodness and newness of life today do we believe? The Messiah is among us, the Messiah is one of us. Are we willing to bring the risen Christ to the world?
I heard an interesting thought a couple of years ago on today's Gospel. The question was posed as to why when Peter and the other disciple (John) get to the tomb, Peter goes in and John goes in but it is only John who believes? The answer was that after three years of traveling with Jesus, seeing him day in and day out when John saw how the cloths where left he knew that Jesus had risen because Jesus folded his bed lines in just the same way every day.
It is an interesting theory, one that is only speculation; however, it does lead to an important aspect of our faith journey. Believing, having faith is much easier if we have a relationship with Jesus, with God. If we spend time with God, if we share ourselves, if we allow God to share himself with us, it is much easier to have faith, to believe.
The mystery of Easter is about relationship it is about friendship with God so that when we encounter the empty tomb we too will believe!
Easter Sunday blessings to all!
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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