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We keep Easter, just as the fifth-century
saint John Chrysostom enjoined
“Come you all: Enter into the joy of our Lord.
You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward;
You rich and you poor, dance together;
you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day;
you who have kept the fast and you who have not,
The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet.
The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry.
All of you enjoy the banquet of faith;
all of you receive the riches of his goodness.”
Melissa Musick Nussbaum lives in Colorado
Springs, Colo. Her e-mail address is
In CELEBRATION Publications
The resurrection of Christ is not something that happened once upon a time.
It is the Light that shines in
it is the victory of gratitude and love,
grounded in faithfulness.
It is living each moment of our daily lives mindful of the presence of Jesus, “firm and immovable,
abounding in energy for the Lord’s work,
being sure that in the Lord none of [our] labours is wasted.”
(Brian J. Pierce )
The Resurrection of the Lord speaks to the dead parts of us
and calls us to stand up and walk joyfully once again.
We are Easter people, says St Augustine ,
and ,Alleluia is our song.
To whatever part of you is dead, today the risen
“Rise and live.”
To whatever part of you is in despair or depressed or sad or ill,today
the risen Jesus says,
“Rise and take on hope.”
To whatever part of you is stuck in fear or anger
or resentment or revenge
or hurts or apathy or indifference,
today the risen Jesus says,
“Rise and receive my love and
live in my compassionate love.”
To whatever part of you is stuck in lies or cynicism
or gossip or putting others down
or heavy burdens or greed
or the culture of death or violence or empty patriotism,
today the risen Jesus says,\
“Rise and welcome my reign of love and nonviolence and truth.”
To whatever part of you is stuck in doubt or worry or anxiety or loneliness or grief or sorrow,
the risen Jesus says, “Rise and from now on,
live in the new life of resurrection
my Easter gift of peace and joy.”
(Fr John Dear)
The resurrection means that love is stronger than death.
How do I experience that ?
The more we are like Jesus the more free we are.
Am I growing in freedom, free from greed for possessions, free to transform the world for God ?
There is no place where Jesus is absent.
Am I aware of that?
Bishop Martin Drennan , Galway diocese