PASTOR’S CORNER EASTER 2012
You got what for Easter? New shoes, new clothes, new hat, chocolate bunny, marshmallow peeps, painted easter eggs, jelly beans, coconut eggs, a real bunny and chicks, wow did you get gypped! What, you got something else – Oh a chance to resume indulging in all the things you gave up during Lent – too bad! Please tell me that you got more than that. Why are you reading this Pastor’s Corner? Ah, that’s it, you were blessed to come and celebrate with the whole community the greatest gift – Jesus Christ. This is the promised Christ who suffered, died, was buried and rose again so that we can experience the abundant life now and eternal life to come. Now there’s a story worth repeating over and over again. It is the story experienced at every Liturgy where Word and Eucharist come together to inspire, transform, heal and commission us to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the story of Christ’s victory over sin, disease and death. Alleluia!!!
Lent is “basic training” for Christians. Lent teaches us how to forgive, how to suffer, how to become free, how to share, how to live disciplined lives, it prepares us for battle. How did you do? For those who lived Lent you know that you are forever changed, you are energized by the Lord’s promise fulfilled in your lives during these last few weeks. You are ready to take your rightful place in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those forty days of discipline transformed your thinking and your abilities and made you pliable in the hands of the Father. You are strong! Because you Repented and Reformed this coming season of celebration will reveal the true blessings God has been holding for you. Rejoice and be glad, your reward will be great because your thinking is less impaired and your heart is full of the mercy and love, your sin is healed and the Spirit will find a welcome home in you.
The reality is not everyone is so blessed, chicks and bunnies and eggs and new clothes are nice but they cannot feed the soul. Thanks be to God, His promises are renewed each morning and this day we are invited to journey with him, to come to the tomb and realize that He is not there but that he lives in you and I, His Church. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
On behalf of Fr. Chris, Fr. Joseph and our parish staff, I thank all those who worked so hard to make our Lenten and Easter experiences so fruitful, truly this was great journey.
Remember to get on board the Salvation Express by joining us next Sunday for the celebration of Mercy Sunday, see the bulletin for more details.
Thoughts to live by: A Polish legend tells of when Mary Magdalen went to the sepulchre to anoint the body of Jesus. She had with her a basket of eggs to serve as a repast. When she arrived at the sepulchre and uncovered the eggs, lo, the pure white shells had miraculously taken on a rainbow of colors.