He is risen! Hallelujah! Today marks the most important date in the liturgical life of the church. While the world has grabbed hold of Christmas and the image of the baby Jesus it is Easter that is the definitive day of celebration. Easter marks the resurrection of our Lord and without the resurrection there is no Christianity. No reason for us to follow Christ. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14-19
But he has risen! In Christ we find not just a collection of nice saying and stories, but rather we find salvation and new life. In Him we find forgiveness and daily resurrection in our own lives until that day when w rise a final time to live with Him in glory for all eternity. What a blessed day. How blessed are we to have a God who loves us all so much that He has done this for us. I pray that each of you have a blessed Resurrection Day, Easter Day. That you find renewal of spirit, renewal in your life and relationships. Most importantly renewal, resurrection, in your relationship with God.
May God Bless you richly this day. I heartily recommend watching the finale to The Bible mini-series tonight. (It’s the resurrection of Christ )
Below are some links, images, and a music video from Matt Maher for this most blessed of days.
- Pope: Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013 [Full text]
- Pope: Easter Vigil Homily [Full text]
- Mass Readings for today
- Is it “Illogical” to Believe in the Resurrection? – LifeTeen
- THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER — From Easter Sunday to Pentecost, this season is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death.
- Easter Sunday: “I will bring you to the heights of Heaven.” On this most blessed day, we share with you an excerpt from a homily delivered by Bishop Melito of Sardis, as quoted in the “Office of Readings.” Happy Easter!
- Sermon 638 : The Impossibly Good News of Easter : Easter Sunday
- Spring Forth From Lent – User’s Guide to Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunday.
- Splendid Sundays – He Is Risen!