He Is Risen!

We celebrate on this day the Resurrection of Christ.  Last night, at the Easter Vigil at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, we began in darkness as we listened to the story of our salvation history, beginning with the story of creation.  Then, lights ablaze, we sang out our Alleluias.

The Resurrection of Jesus, in the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, as faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the new Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross. Christ’s resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself during his earthly life.”

As important as Jesus’ passion and death are to who we are as Christians, it is the Resurrection that is the crowning truth of our faith.  Jesus is risen!  There is not one aspect of life that is not drenched in the resurrection – even when it appears to be hidden.

Let us re-commit this day to live our lives as resurrection people, as people who know that the victory over death has already been won.

Happy Easter!