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Easter Sunday

In 13 Today's Church on 2015/04/04 at 12:00 AM
  •   This morning we celebrate the great gift of our salvation. It is a day of hope and rejoicing, a day best summed up with the one word: Alleluia!
  •   And as we recall the great and marvelous events of salvation history that prefigured and led to our Lord’s death and resurrection, we recall that the price of our salvation was not something of fleeting value like gold or silver, but the costly shedding of the blood of Christ, the lamb without blemish.
  •   For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross, and the blood of Christ shed upon that awful cross washes away all our sins.
  •   And so our celebrations today must not be vapid or mundane. While we are called to be joyful, our joy must be not be capricious or worldly, but rather a joy imbued with a mature knowledge of not only what Jesus has done for us, but Who Jesus Is!
  •   For if any of us dare hope to make good use of the marvelous gift of salvation held out to us today by our Lord’s resurrection from the dead, then we must know Christ and love Him, and not simply know about Him.
  •   We are now living in a very chaotic time in our country. The culture wars that began in earnest in the 1960s (but whose roots are much, much deeper) are increasing in intensity such that even amongst Christians there are serious disagreements on moral issues on which, just a few decades ago, there was nearly complete unanimity.
  •   The moral chaos and divisions of our times are leading people to ask deeper questions about the meaning of man and his place in the universe.
  •   But I submit to you, my brothers and sisters, that we can never fully understand who we are and what our place in the universe is unless we know God, for it is through knowledge of Him that we come to understand ourselves.
  •   Thus, the fundamental division between peoples in this world is not between liberals and conservatives, or between Republicans and Democrats. It’s not even between Catholics and non‐Catholics, or between Christians and non‐Christians.
  •   The fundamental division is between people who truly know God and therefore love Him, and those who truly do not know God and therefore do not love Him – for a man of good will cannot truly know God and not love Him.
  •   We come to know our Lord through prayer and through the sacraments. But we also come to know Him through obedience to His teachings. In being obedient to our Lord’s commands, we are conformed to Him.
  •   Likewise, when we are disobedient to our Lord’s commands – whether willfully or through ignorance – habits of vice are formed within us that rob us of our knowledge of Him and hinder our efforts to truly love Him.
  •   On this glorious feast of Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the dead.
  •   This is the most important feast day of the year because the death and resurrection ofJesus Christ prove definitively that Jesus is whom He says He is: the only begotten Sonof God. For who else but God alone has the power to rise from the dead?
  •   We must remember that these events of Jesus’ life that we have been commemoratingthis past week are factual events. We know them to be historical and not just the pious beliefs of Christians because they were attested to by many secular eyewitnesses, not just Christians.
  •   And so as we consider the holy week events, the only logical and rational conclusion we can make is that Jesus is Lord! And if Jesus is truly Lord, shouldn’t we trust Him and be obedient to Him?
  •   In the Gospel of John, Jesus equates loving God with being obedient to Him. He says: Whoever observes my commandments is the one who loves me….Whoever loves me will keep my word (cf. John 14: 21&23).
  •   Moreover, as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus alone has the answers to the deeper questions we are asking in this chaotic time. And He speaks to us through the Church He Himself founded: the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church!
  •   Brothers and sisters, on this Easter Sunday we remember once again that Jesus truly is God. And in seeing the love Jesus pours out for us through His death and resurrection, we are invited to love Him and obey Him in return.
  •   Let us pray today for the grace to come to know Jesus better so that we may love Him better. And let us pray, as well, for the grace to prove our love for our Lord by always being obedient to Him. A blessed Easter to you all!

08 April 2012

© Reverend Timothy Reid

Fr. Reid is the pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC

You can go directly to his homilies:
http://stanncharlotte.org/content/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=8&Itemid=61

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