He Lives-We live! Alleluia!
Happy, Blessed Easter to all!
Some of you worried that I may not make it to Easter with Jesus because Good Friday and Holy Saturday can be so difficult to get through but Jesus broke the bonds of death and I know in every fiber of my being:
He is risen!
El es resucitado!
Because He lives
The scriptures in the Gospel of John (John 20) shows Mary of Magdala running from the empty tomb to alert the other disciples that Jesus is not in the tomb. They run to the tomb and discover this for themselves. Mary of Magdala remains crying when they leave. Jesus appears to her and calls her name. She turns to him, “Teacher” and grabs hold of him. He says
“…Don’t hold on to me…Go instead to my brothers and sisters and tell them…”
She went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!…”(John 20:26-180
ALLELUIA! May we each see the living Christ this Easter!
This Easter more than any other
we pray (With The People’s Companion to the Breviary Vol.2 193;199)
“You broke the reign of death, O Christ and we are free! With joyful voice we proclaim: Glory and Praise to you
Redeemer of all, enlighten us who still walk in the shadow of death;
-that with your new life we may conquerour addictions and prejudices.
Risen Savior, you appeared first to women,and sent them with the glad tidings;
You sent your holy women, Christ Jesus, to be apostles to the apostles,
-free all women bound by traditions and cultures that inhibit their human development. Free them to be good news for the world.
You rewarded the undaunted search of Mary Magdalen with your glorified presence;
-grant that we may be persevering in our efforts to find you in the ordinary events of our lives.
Hallowed Stranger,you appeared this evening to the disillusioned disciples on the road to Emmaus;
-enkindle our hearts to recognize you in the unlikely
circumstances of our lives.
Savior of the world, your message is peace in a world racked with violence;
-teach us the way of non-violence toward all creation.
Your resurrection, O Christ,has transformed our universe.
-sensitize us to a new all embracing concern for …all creatures and all creation.
Most merciful, loving God, you have been revealed in Christ Jesus as he rises to bring us the message of forgiveness and all-embracing love. May we who have passed with him from death into life in the mysteries we have celebrated,be signs of your life among us. We ask this through Jesus, our risen Savior. Amen!
WE ARE AN EASTER PEOPLE
Love and Easter Blessings,
Pastor Judy Lee, RCWP
Below are some Easter faces-Smile with them as you live Easter with Jesus