Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

To all visitors, new parishioners and all of you regular parishioners,

Christ is Risen and welcomes you to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection!

In the Gospel, the discovery of the empty tomb by Mary of Magdala may have been very disappointing or even confusing. However, the fact of the empty tomb is also good news! John, who writes today’s the Gospel, tells us that he entered into the empty tomb. He throws light on the confusion when he writes, “he saw and he believed”. What exactly did Saint John believe? When he saw the empty tomb, he had the insight of faith that Christ was indeed risen as He had promised. Encounter with the risen Lord that same evening changed the disciples completely.

Easter Vigil and today Easter Sunday and all Sundays are moments of unique encounters with the risen Lord. Anyone who encounters the risen Lord can never be the same again. The resurrection is the nerve center of our faith. To quote Bishop Robert Barron (Auxiliary Bishop of LA), “If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, all bishops, priests and Christian ministers should go home and get honest jobs, and all Christian faithful should leave their churches immediately.” When you think of it, that is shocking, but that is what St. Paul meant when he wrote: “If Jesus is not raised from the dead, our preaching is in vain and we are the most pitiable men.” (1 Cor 15:14)

To conclude here are three take away points: 1) You and I know that the story of Jesus does not end on the Cross but that the resurrection transforms the disciples and everyone who encounters the risen Lord. 2) The resurrection is the centerpiece of our Christian faith. We can never be the same after encountering the risen Lord. 3) On this Easter day, may the resurrection of Christ transform us so we may live as Easter people throughout this season and throughout the year.

Christ is risen! He is Truly risen! Alleluia! 

Msgr. John S. Mbinda