Welcome to everyone who gathers to celebrate this Easter mystery. If you are visiting or new to our parish, we hope you feel welcome here. If you have been away from the Church and would like to learn more about our parish and be able to share freely your concerns or questions about the Catholic Church, Ann Hayles, our pastoral coordinator, invites you to meet with her Easter Monday, March 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish office. If that time does not work for you, but you are interested, please call the parish office (537-6990) and leave a message for Ann.
As those first disciples, we are a people who do our best to hear the Gospel message and to live it. In today’s Gospel the disciples are confronted with an empty tomb. Mary of Magdala thinks that someone has taken the Lord’s body. The other disciple who runs to the tomb with Peter sees the empty tomb and believes, but “they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” Sr. Mary McGlone reminds us that today’s Scripture readings do reveal things about our Risen Lord.
They tell us we will never encounter the Risen Lord in the realm of death. Whether that is war, tragedy, sickness or evil, all we will find there are signs, even if cryptic, that death has been overcome. At the same time, the readings invite us to open our eyes to the unexpected signs of Christ presence in
mercy, forgiveness and a vision that goes beyond our earthly expectations. We have the next 50 days to celebrate and continue to grapple with the meaning of Easter. Our readings will continue to involve us in the ongoing find-and-hide-and-seek rhythm of understanding what it means to know the Risen Lord. As we strive to decipher the signs, we may be guided by Peter and Paul’s unambiguous conviction that where there is real presence, there is real change (Celebration).
I am always amazed at how many people are involved in the preparation and celebration of the liturgies of Holy Week. On March 19th many people gathered to make sure the grounds looked good. That same day our environment team met to prepare for Palm Sunday. Then they continued to meet through the week preparing our space for the different liturgies. They do a great job. Liturgical ministers (ushers, lectors, servers, choirs, musicians, Eucharistic ministers, deacons [I’m sure I’m missing someone]) all give time and effort to help us celebrate these beautiful liturgies. I am grateful for all of them.
I pray that all of you enjoy this Easter season. May you be open to experience Christ in new and old ways through these 50 days. This week I will celebrate mass on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Other than that I will be taking time off.