This may be the first time in the history of the Modern Church when public Masses did not occur on this most important of days. Today we celebrate the victory over sin and death. Jesus conquered and we need to remember the victory is His. At such challenging times, it isn’t easy to do this, but such is our call. There have been challenging times throughout the history of the Church, times when the faithful were killed for their beliefs and sought solace in the victory of Jesus. While the challenges of today are unique, we are likewise called to find solace in Jesus and the victory we celebrate today – Easter Sunday.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we have our marching orders. Peter tells his listeners briefly the story of Jesus, how he “was put to death by hanging him on a tree” and how “God raised him on the third day.” He then goes on to say, “he commissioned us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God.”
Pope Francis has called all believers to be Missionary Disciples. This may sound scary but our Holy Father invites us to share the Good News – Jesus loves us, died for us, rose from the dead and offers us victory over sin and death. It’s that simple and it is Good News!
During these challenging and changing times, may we find solace in our loving and saving God, who became incarnate (human) in the person of Jesus. Let us look at his life, his words and his values and try to implement them into our lives. Easter is always a celebration of New Life, and while this year’s celebration looks different, the reality is the same – Jesus’ resurrection brings us NEW LIFE. Testify to that new life as his missionary disciples. Peace and blessings to all of you.