Easter Sunday

Apr 12, 2020

I’ll be honest with you—it’s Easter and it is just weird.  We can’t go to church, we can’t travel to visit with family, we don’t have large groups of children enjoying Easter egg hunts—our normal rituals of celebration have all been upended.  Then there’s the reality of the impact of Coronavirus in our own country and around the world.  The death toll continues to rise, and so many have lost loved ones.  Our medical professionals are making unbelievable sacrifices and struggling to care for patients with insufficient equipment and supplies.  Many people have lost jobs, and business owners are wondering if they will be able to make it in the long run.  Parents are struggling to work from home and do home schooling at the same time.  How do we celebrate the feast of Easter in this kind of cultural context?

       When God raised Jesus from the dead, he was inviting us to believe and live what is called the “paschal mystery”—that is, believing and living that, in Jesus, life triumphs over death, and light triumphs over darkness, and love triumphs over hatred, and joy triumphs over sadness, and generosity triumphs over selfishness.  This pandemic is literally and figuratively a time of death and sadness and darkness for all of us in many different ways.  Over the last several weeks, I have found myself just crying at times—it all seems so overwhelming—and we don’t know what to do.

       In the Feast of the Resurrection that we celebrate today, God says to us once again, as God did through Jesus so many times, “Be not afraid.”  Celebrate Easter this year by remembering the message of this most important feast—that things will be OK.  God is with us as we journey through this together.  Hang in there, because one day there will be life and light and joy again.  That is where God will take us, if only we will let him.  That’s the good news of the Easter gospel—as a disciple, make sure you share it with someone who needs that message of hope right now in their lives!

Fr. Keith

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