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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

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Christ Has Shared His Risen Life With Us

Christ is risen! Truly risen! Alleluia! We gather to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, to renew our faith and hope in him. A special welcome to our visitors.

Our new Pope Francis has brought new hope to our Church. Toward the end of his Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, he writes of the hope which comes from the resurrection of Jesus. Pope Francis is not a Pollyanna. He recognizes the serious problems in the world and addresses them head-on. But these problems do not get the last word.

“Man cannot live without hope,” says the Pope; “life would become meaningless and unbearable. If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty.”

The Pope writes about the need for patience in overcoming the problems in the world. He says that we must “work slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results.” He asks that we stress the things that unite us, rather than what divides us, “to build communion amid disagreement, but this can only be achieved by those great persons who are willing to go beyond the surface of the conflict and to see others in their deepest dignity.” He sees that ideas and theories alone, no matter how well articulated, cannot make things better. Good ideas must be put into practice. We should never lose sight of the large vision, the big picture, in the midst of our particular struggles. “We can work on a small scale, in our own neighborhood, but with a larger perspective.”

These principles apply not only in the political and economic world. They apply in the world of faith. The Church itself faces difficulties caused by the sinfulness of its members. We ourselves are works in progress. “God is not finished with me yet.” This fact should not make us complacent. We still must struggle to make a better life and a better world. But we have to get used to the idea expressed in the German adage: Die Himmel kommt nicht her; heaven does not happen on earth. At best we get occasional glimpses of the joy that will be eternal.

“Often,” says Pope Francis, “it seems that God does not exist; all around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference, and cruelty….Sometimes a task does not bring the satisfaction we seek, results are few, and changes are slow, and we are tempted to grow weary.” But the Gospel, which the Pope calls “the most beautiful message that this world can offer,” helps us see beyond these obstacles.

“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force.” These are words of great faith and hope. “In the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit….Each day in our world beauty is born anew; it rises transformed through the storms of history. Values always tend to reappear under new guises, and human beings have arisen time after time from situations that seemed doomed. Such is the power of the resurrection.” Pope Francis is not ready to give up on the world. He is able to live with its shadows and ambiguities, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Lord of history.

What is true of the world at large is true on the smaller scale of our lives. We may not see a pretty picture when we look into the mirror. We may be aware of many flaws. And those who have to live with us may be aware of more. But we do not need to give up hope. Pope Francis reminds us that “we carry our treasure in earthen vessels.” But the treasure is still there.   Jesus has shared his risen life with us. He has forgiven our sins. He has conquered death. He invites us to begin again to live that new life. We are not alone. He is at our side. Christ is risen! Truly risen! Alleluia!

A blessed Easter to you and those you love.

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  • Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year. To have a correct idea of the Easter celebration and its Masses, we must remember that it was intimately connected with the solemn rite of baptism. The preparatory liturgical acts commenced on the eve and were continued during the night. When the number of persons to be baptized was great, the sacramental ceremonies and the Easter celebration were united. This connection was severed at a time when, the discipline having changed, even the recollection of the old traditions was lost. The greater part of the ceremonies was transferred to the morning hours of Holy Saturday. Commemorating the slaying of the true Lamb of God and the Resurrection of Christ, the corner-stone upon which faith is built, it is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments.   The connection between the Jewish Passover and the Christian feast of Easter is real and ideal. Real, since Christ died on the first Jewish Easter Day; ideal, like the relation between type and reality, because Christ's death and Resurrection had its figures and types in the Old Law, particularly in the paschal lamb, which was eaten towards evening of the 14th of Nisan. In fact, the Jewish feast was taken over into the Christian Easter celebration; the liturgy (Exsultet) sings of the passing of Israel through the Red Sea, the paschal lamb, the column of fire, etc.   The connection between the Jewish and the Christian Pasch explains the movable character of this feast. Easter has no fixed date, like Christmas, because the 15th of Nisan of the Semitic calendar was shifting from date to date on the Julian calendar. Since Christ, the true Paschal Lamb, had been slain on the very day when the Jews, in celebration of their Passover, immolated the figurative lamb, the Jewish Christians in the Orient followed the Jewish method, and commemorated the death of Christ on the 15th of Nisan and His Resurrection on the 17th of Nisan, no matter on what day of the week they fell. For this observance they claimed the authority of St. John and St. Philip. 

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