April 4 sermon of Monsignor Robert F. Tucker, St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Litchfield.
EASTER SUNDAY; NEW LIFE!
Imagine you are thousands of dollars in debt on credit cards and to the bank. Someone comes to you and writes out a check for over fifty thousand dollars to pay your debt off. He says it is to cancel all your debts and all you have to do is to reach out and take this check with loving hands! In disbelief you reach out and take the check and you immediately pay off all your debts and you are totally and completely in the clear!
This is what happened this Holy Week with the Passion and Death of Jesus and He paid the price for our sins. We did nothing to deserve it or to earn it! It was a completely free gift, and to add to it this day EASTER! He returns from the dead and the grave to offer us eternal life. Thus, removing all our earthly debts of sin. With this gift of Jesus we know that this is not the end. We will live for eternity with Our Lord, if we but reach out and accept and live HIS LOVE! Christ Has died. Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Alleluia! Our debt has been paid.
Still facing a global pandemic with the pain of masks and social distance and fear, it is the Easter Candle of Hope that will give us light and hope in this continued darkness of Covid. We must take the light of the candle and the renewal of our Baptism to heart and reach out to one another in greater faith, hope and love to make this journey of life easier in the year 2021. Pope Francis continually prays and speaks to us about the need to be connected as brothers and sisters and create a world community of belonging that will erase the fears, anguish and emptiness of this Covid time. As Christians, these negative thoughts must be healed by the great grace of belief in Resurrection and Eternal Life.
“Lord send out Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth,” is our prayer of Easter. Never before in our lifetime has our whole world been in such need of this SPIRIT. Indeed, as we dare to pray in the response, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Today, we must journey to the tomb with Mary Magdala, Peter and John, the first witnesses of the empty tomb. Then we are to go forth and give witness of this great new event of Jesus’ Resurrection and our hope and belief in eternal life.
It is hopefully the intensity of our love having been people of prayer, sacrifice and alms giving in Lent that can lead to our belief in eternal life and a willingness to be a person of hope and love. It is our heart and our head that must be in action this Easter. Neither Mary, Peter nor John or any one of us can understand the Resurrection! But it is not the presence of Jesus in the tomb but HIS absence that inspires us for He, himself, told us this would be the case and so it has happened! In three days He has risen! Belief comes with LOVE and not with seeing, hearing or touching but trusting in a greater power the Son of God, Jesus Christ Has Risen!