Easter ~ April 21, 2019

Apr 16, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

Adults often run with purpose: they jog for exercise, run when they see a toddler about to wander onto a busy street, run down to a trauma center hall toward a loved one. In the Gospel Peter and John ran with a purpose, too: to see the empty tomb for themselves.

Belief in the resurrection, however, is not a short run to an immediate object. Rather, coming to faith in the resurrection is the journey of a lifetime, a lifetime peering not into empty tombs but at the good works of those who are fully alive through the power of the resurrection. We can never completely understand the resurrection, but we can live it.

So, on this Easter Sunday, we must run with a purpose: to encounter the risen Lord in one another. How do we encounter this risen Lord today? His presence is manifested through us in our manner of doing good works: forgiving one another, caring for those in need, being a healing presence for those troubled, encouraging people toward new purpose of life, working for justice and peace. Our purpose: not just to believe in the resurrection, but to be it.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter