Colossians 3: 1-4
Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.
What do I believe? What do we believe? Another year and another celebration of Easter. We preach, we celebrate that the women came to the tomb when it was still dark. Then the stone is rolled back and the tomb of Jesus is empty. We say Alleluia as we proclaim the resurrection of Jesus.
We say we tell each other, we tell ourselves that even though we are in darkness or are in some way entombed that we will be set free. Last year it was in the midst of Covid 19 killing our loved ones and keeping us entombed behind masks and in homes. We worried about the threat to democracy not from afar but from within our own country. Now the horror of war in Ukraine saddles us and a people with evil. Crime is still very real in our city. Greed, pettiness, and division encompass our lifestyles. Why celebrate a new life? Nothing seems to have changed and maybe it’s gotten worse.
Faith is the answer. Confident assurance concerning things we hope for and conviction about things we don’t see. Celebrating Easter and resurrection help us as Paul said “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth”. We need to remember what God does and that we are people of hope in the future and of eternity. Jesus raised three people from the dead. The son of the widow of Naim, the daughter of Jairus and Lazarus. They left their tombs but had to live the rest of their earthly lives. They however knew what we profess and believe. Jesus is Lord of the living and the dead. Recently we celebrated the gospel of John about the woman caught in adultery. She was entombed by guilt, a death sentence, and shame. Jesus rolled back the stone from her life. He promises the same for us. Yes, we still face many deaths and setbacks in our life but we are born into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Keep hoping and believing. Happy Easter! He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Msgr. John B. McArthur
CBHS Class of 1966