My Dear Friends,
Today Catholic Christians celebrate the greatest feast day of the Church Year – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. On this day, we hear about how Mary of Magdala came to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. When she arrived, however, she found that the stone that had enclosed the tomb had been removed, and the tomb was empty. In amazement, she ran to get Peter and the “other disciple whom Jesus loved” to come and see for themselves. When the two disciples arrived, they discovered that what Mary had told them was indeed true. All they found were Jesus’ burial cloths.
The early Church Fathers changed the day devoted to honoring the Lord and resting from the Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday. Today we honor Sunday as “the Lord’s Day.”
But as Christians, we should not view the Resurrection as solely a historical event. Rather, we should see it as a call for our own resurrections – shedding those things in our lives that are obstacles to spiritual growth, and replacing them with virtues.
Finally, congratulations to all who celebrated Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass, and many thanks to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to make our Eastertime celebrations so special!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob