Rev. Anthony Giamello
Pastor, St. John the Apostle/St. Bernadette
Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, gives us the joyful message that we are a “Resurrection people.” This means that we are not supposed to lie buried in the tomb of our sins, evil habits and dangerous addictions. It gives us the Good News that no tomb can hold us down anymore- not the tomb of despair, discouragement, doubt or death itself. Instead, we are expected to live a joyful and peaceful life, constantly experiencing the real presence of the Risen Lord in all the events of our lives. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad” (Ps 118:24).
We need to remember Easter in our Good Fridays. Easter reminds us that every Good Friday in our lives will have an Easter Sunday, and that Jesus will let us share the power of his Resurrection. Each time we display our love of others, we share in the Resurrection. Each time we face a betrayal of trust and with God’s grace, forgive the betrayer, we share in the Resurrection of Jesus. Each time we fail in our attempts to ward off temptations- but we keep on trying to overcome them- we share in the Resurrection. Each time we continue to hope- even when our hope seems unanswered- we share in the power of Jesus’ Resurrection. In short, the message of Easter is that nothing can destroy us- not pain, sin, rejection, betrayal or death- because Christ has conquered all these and we, too, can conquer them if we put our Faith and trust in Him.
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