The Resurrection of the Lord: Easter Day

“Easter is the moment Christmas points to, the moment the Passion obscures, the moment the tomb reveals.  On Christmas morning we find the manger full of life; on Easter morning we find the tomb empty of death.”  Joan Chittister

Let us pray .  .

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Isaiah 65: 17-25 . . . This about a blessed time, when God overcomes, for us,  many of life’s shortcomings and frustrations.
Psalm 118:1-4, 14-24 . . . praise of the Lord’s salvation

 Thank God because he’s good,
because his love never quits.
Tell the world, Israel,
“His love never quits.”

And . . .
1 Corinthians 15:19-26 . . . Paul describes the plan of the resurrection age: it has begun with Christ’s rising, and this event gives us confidence that  God defeated  death, the last enemy
John 20:1-18 . . . the discovery of the empty tomb and Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene

Bishop Barron on the Meaning of Easter

Followed by a further discussion on the Resurrection

“There is a Passover here, too, of course.  It is not the Passover of the ‘destroyer’ that spared the Jews in Egypt and generated their Exodus to the promised land.  This Passover is the passage of Jesus from this life to the fullness of divine life.  It is also, then, the passage of Christians from the life of this world to life lived in the light of the risen Jesus.”

Joan Chittister

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