Sunday, April 20, 2014


God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.  Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”  Acts 2:32-33

And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.  They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.  Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”  Matthew 28:9-10

Let us celebrate Easter with all our senses:  hearing the message that He is risen, seeing His works carried out, embracing those who need embracing, tasting the goodness of the Lord, and smelling the aroma of life around us. As we come to know the hope that is the Easter story, let us proclaim that to our sisters in brothers in the Galilee of our life. Amen.

Is now the time to let go of Lent?  Or is now the time to make our Lenten offerings part of our everyday living?

Whether or not we let go of Lent or maintain an attitude of giving, the lesson that Easter brings to that disposition is that Jesus will meet us along the way we are going. During Lent, our fasting, almsgiving and sacrifice were intended to bring us closer to Christ and the mission He has for us.  Now that we are into the Easter season, we will reflect on that mission through the Acts of the Apostles – stories filled with acts of fasting, almsgiving and sacrifice, stories filled with acts that we are to continue to emulate.

The notes to the readings today point out that in both John and Matthew’s accounts of the Easter encounter, there is a physical touch between the women and Jesus.  In Matthew, they embraced his feet and did him homage, an act that helps us to recall the anointing of his feet by Mary the week before the Passion and contrasts with the nails that pierced his feet on Good Friday.  

Rather than letting go, perhaps now is the time to embrace those acts even more.

Easter is the time for us to come out of our shell and follow the Risen Christ.  Has your shell been cracked and peeled away so that there are no obstacles as you approach Jesus today?  Where will He meet you today?  Will you recognize Him?  Will you embrace Him and what He asks of you?

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