April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

As we gather for today’s celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord, our song is Alleluia! We have refrained from using that word all through Lent. Our “fasting” from this word (which means “Praise God!”) is one of the ways we have prepared ourselves to celebrate, full-throated, this wonderful feast which is at the heart of our faith.

We are grateful for all who gather with us for our Easter Masses. To those who are with us as visitors, we welcome you and hope that you find here in our community compelling signs of the Lord, risen and alive among us. To our parishioners who we see regularly, we offer our heartfelt blessings and gratitude for your faith and the way you build up our community of faith.

To those who may join us only occasionally on big feasts, and to those who are with us who are searching for a religious/spiritual connection, we offer a warm welcome to you also. We hope our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection will touch your heart with God’s incredible love for you.

We have gathered during this holiest of weeks to celebrate that love, poured out in service and sacrifice in the person of Jesus Christ. He is our God, who comes close to us, who gave himself up for us out of love, and who is raised from the dead and living with us now through the power of the Holy Spirit.

This day reminds us that life wins. Jesus has triumphed over sin and death once and for all time. The question for us on this beautiful day is, will I accept this new life that he gives me? Will I allow him into my heart to take away any death-dealing tendencies that may be there?

In the celebrations of this past week, and on this most sacred day, we are plunged into the saving action of Jesus. His death and resurrection have changed the course of human history. His death and resurrection can change your life and mine, if we allow him to do that. He doesn’t force himself on us. But, he is persistent!

Most people want and seek happiness in their lives, and many wonder why they are not happy. Jesus invites us today to seek him; to desire him; to accept his unconditional love for us. If we do that, then we will find something even more satisfying than happiness. We will find joy.

Joy is a result, a consequence, of making the decision to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. To follow him is to give ourselves in faith to the one who can plant a joy in our hearts that cannot be shaken, no matter what happy or sad things happen in our lives. Followers of Jesus Christ are not immune from the challenges of life. But, we are assured by him, through good times and bad, that he is always with us, and that life always triumphs over death. That knowledge, that trust, that faith, can make us joyful no matter what is happening in our lives.

In my own name, and on behalf of Fr. Michael Dion, and our staff in this community of faith, we wish you a blessed, holy and Happy Easter – today and for the next fifty days of the Easter Season.

Jesus Christ is indeed Risen. He wants to live in our hearts and be the joy of our lives.

So, we have good reason to shout: Alleluia!!

God Bless,
Fr. Gary Lazzeroni