Dear Easter People,
The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! The death of Jesus is not the final word. Life so abundant we call it eternal—Resurrection. This is the Word of Good News! Joy. Hope. Promise. Empty tomb. He is risen! Our Easter Season continues.
The Gospels do not explain Easter—Easter explains the Gospels. Our lives do not explain Easter—Easter gives meaning to our lives. Faith is the story we tell with our lives.
Resurrection means Jesus lives. Our Lord discovered what to die for and what to live forever for. We are invited to do the same. For Easter speaks of new life and hope always in the name of the Lord Jesus. We have so many choices in life and demands are placed upon us. What are we choosing? What are we seeking? What are we finding in life? Easter is an opportunity to put life into perspective through eyes of “Easter faith.”
I share with you a reflection given to me some time ago. It connects beautifully the Easter journey with the Lord.
It was a busy day in our Costa Mesa, California home. But then, with 10 children and one on the way, every day was a bit hectic. On this particular day, however, I was having trouble doing even routine chores — all because of one little boy.
Len, who was five at the time, was on my heels no matter where I went. Whenever I stopped to do something and turned back around, I would trip over him. Several times, I patiently suggested fun activities to keep him occupied. “Wouldn’t you like to play on the swing set?” I asked.
But he simply smiled an innocent smile and said, “Oh, that’s all right, Mommy. I’d rather be in here with you.” Then he continued to bounce happily along behind me.
After stepping on his toes for the fifth time, I began to lose my patience and insisted that he go outside and play with the other children. When I asked him why he was acting this way, he looked up at me with sweet green eyes and said, “Well, Mommy, in kindergarten, my teacher told me to walk in Jesus’ footsteps. But I can’t see Jesus, so I’m walking in yours.”
I gathered Len in my arms and held him close. Tears of love and humility spilled over from the prayer that grew in my heart—a prayer of thanks for the simple, yet beautiful perspective of a five-year old boy.
Easter faith is lived through us—made visible by our actions. We are challenged to be the Risen Lord Jesus to all we meet. This is hard because life is difficult, but the Risen Lord is with us—offering us life so abundant we call it Eternal. Easter!
Jesus took a journey—a long walk—which ended not in death, but Resurrection. Jesus also took an inward journey trusting God, His Father. As we live our lives, we also make an inward journey. Paula D’Arcy beautifully reflects in her book, Gift of the Red Bird—
“Why are we willing to make an endless outer journey, but are loathe to make the significant one: the journey within. The journey may frighten us, yet is this journey which holds the real treasure. There God’s spirit waits to reveal mysteries and beauty beyond our imagination: the secrets of what is holy, and the encounters with truth that change everything. It is the journey that opens the eye of the heart.”
Laugh, cry and dance together with God, trusting God to lead and guide us through this Easter Season—and all the days of our life. For Jesus is the Son of God, died and risen to eternal life, to show us how to truly live. New hope . . . . . . . New vision . . . . . . . Eternal life . . . . . . . . Resurrection!
With Easter Joy,
P.S. Congratulations and welcome to our newly initiated sisters and brothers from the Easter Vigil. Our prayers and support are with you. Thank you to everyone who made our entire Holy Week such a beautiful and prayerful experience.
P.P.S. A warm welcome to Patricia Palacios our new Controller at Holy Name Cathedral. Our prayers are with you, Pat. Welcome aboard!