Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord


By Father Chris Valka, C.S.B

If you have been around St. Basil’s for a while, then you have heard me say before: everything changes after the resurrection. Easter is the beginning of something so very different and new. This is true more this year than in previous years, for our parish community now worships and gathers in newly renovated spaces. In a few weeks, you will soon meet your new Pastor.

For these and so many more reasons, it has been quite a Lent for myself and all of us. I don’t know if there has ever been a season when I have felt the journey with Jesus so intently. As we celebrated the beautiful liturgies over the last few days, I have been profoundly aware of each of them as my last time to celebrate them as your Pastor. This is a very special parish. Though I get a lot of credit for the transformative work that has occurred over the past four years (and I will take some credit where it is due), such work has only been possible because of your generosity and willingness to change. Not every parish shares this attribute, and I thank you for this newness you have allowed me to share with you.

For the past few weeks, I have begun my own reflections about what I have learned – something I do every time I make a transition. Obviously, there have been far too many lessons to repeat in a bulletin column, but I do want to share with you what I learned this past week: When it decides to create, rather than consume, love always hurts because of the sacrifice it demands. However, precisely because love is offered as a sacrifice, there is joy. What God offers us through the lessons of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is a path of love that creates something so very new: a way of living in the presence of God that was better than the original plan. It is for this reason, and so many others, that we rejoice in all that God has done through and with our humanity! Alleluia! He is Risen!

Sunday’s Readings: Acts 10.34a, 37-43, Colossians 3.1-4, John 20.1-18