The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday)
A SEASON OF NEWNESS
By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB
We are told that for everything and for everyone, there is a season. Today, we mark the changing from one season into another. Lent to Easter. Winter to Spring. Death to Life. Barrenness to Glory. However, we can only adequately rejoice and sing “Alleluia” if we understand from where we have come.
If you recall, we began Lent with an invitation from Pope Francis to consider the “globalization of indifference.” This mentality, which often occurs when faced with the significant problems of our age, numbs and paralyzes our affects on the people around us. “Can one person make a difference,” we ask? Today we answer with a resounding YES!
However, we should not forget that even Jesus needed help. Early in his life, he depended on his mother and father. He would eventually depend on his friends, who he called disciples. In the end, he would even need the help of a complete stranger to carry his cross.
We come here – to this place – because we also realize that we need help. The problems of our world cannot be shouldered or solved by ourselves. We come here because of the resurrection. What we celebrate today quite specifically – we celebrate every day.
In the resurrection we have hope that nothing and no one is beyond redemption. No amount of suffering; no amount of hopelessness; no amount of loss is beyond the reach of God.
If you have been with us during Lent, then what you have reawakened in yourself is that, through the power of Christ, no amount of sin or pain or suffering disqualifies us from service and holiness.
The resurrection is for each of us, so that we may be for others what Christ is for us: hope. Hope that no matter how tough things get, there is always a resurrection moment.
The final question is usually: what happens now?
Well. . . first I am going to thank the many many people that made these Holy Week celebrations so joyous – the parish staff, volunteers, choristers, and many liturgical ministers. Then, I am going to take a very long nap (it may last a few days). . .
As for the rest of us: today – we rejoice. We celebrate. We feast. (Technically, we do this for EIGHT days!) But then, we await the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Everything changes after the resurrection – for the followers of Jesus yesterday and right now. If we are like them, then we might begin by considering what brought us to this moment. What have we learned during our Lenten journey? And what do we hope Christ will resurrect in us during this season of newness?
May this season be blessed in each of your homes and each of your hearts.