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“The Parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the church’s life.”
— American Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 1993
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17) It is well known that Christians have abortions at about the same rate as non-Christians. Unfortunately it is rare that someone contemplating an abortion comes to me before the fact. It is only years later, if at all, that the aborted child’s mother, almost always the mother, comes seeking healing. The cases […]
A Basic Catechism: The things we believe, especially in terms of faith, are reflected in the choices we make. We believe that on the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead. Our belief in the Resurrection changes our entire world view. We are no longer living a life of 60 or 80 or 100 years. Both the joys and the sufferings of this life are fleeting. Our focus shifts to a life that will never end. Nevertheless, even believers make a common mistake. We think about our earthly life and our eternal life as being separate. We live in the world to the best of our abilities, hoping for another life to come. We are living eternal life now. The Holy Spirit is already among us. The Kingdom of God is now. Our belief in the Resurrection means that we are already risen, lifted up out of our past lives into new life with Christ. Our belief in the Resurrection heightens the value of our human relationships. We will not have a job forever. We will not have our houses or cars or any other possession forever. We will be sharing in eternal life forever with those we love, serve, and sometimes hurt. We will be with them forever. Eternity is in communion with God and his people forever. Living in that communion now, is the way to eternal life.
Readings for Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34,37-43; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9
Reflection: Easter celebrates rebirth, not just a fresh start, but a completely different kind of life. The change in Jesus is most dramatic. He is not, however, the only one who celebrates new life in the wake of the Resurrection. Peter is changed by an openness to God’s glory, a glory so great that death is nothing before it, a glory so great that it must extend to all the people of the world. He speaks of Jesus’ death and resurrection as though they were the most natural events that one could imagine, obvious parts of God’s plan for Christ’s glory and our salvation. The celebration must change us as well. We have been presented with an eternal life, a fact which eclipses every detail of the present except as it relates to the life to come. Easter is not a celebration of the new life that Jesus has won for himself, but of the new lives he has won for us all.
1. How does the promise of eternal life change the way that you view the present?
2. What will you do with this, the first day of your new life?
Prayer: Father, today we begin our lives anew. Help us to be always focused on the gifts and commands of your son. We celebrate the freshness Jesus has given us and pledge to follow him into eternal life.