There are more people in church on Easter Sunday morning than any other Sunday. Everyone notices that. And they are better dressed than usual, plus getting a parking spot can be very challenging!
Why the crowds? I like to think that the Easter message touches a chord deep within us. How else do
we explain that there are many people, who don’t come to Mass on a weekly basis but make sure they are
here today? I think the reason is in the message. It’s very comforting and appealing to know that death is
not the end but a new beginning for disciples of Jesus. He led the way. His death was witnessed by many – as was his presence in his risen body.
Obviously, the message of Easter moves us. It is the gift of knowing that after we die, there is a brand
new life. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. But in that new life there will be no more pain, or
sorrow, or sin, or any of the difficult aspects of this human life of ours. It stretches our imagination to
think about it and to wonder what it will be like. Picture an existence where there is no sickness!
Imagine meeting our loved ones who have gone before us in a place of perfect peace!
Sadly the point is missed if Easter is over for you after Sunday. We are rightly described as an Easter
People, but not just for the day. We are an Easter People all year. You see, we die and rise all the time.
Our Catholic practices are reminders of that. Look at confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation – a
dying and a rising. Every Communion we receive – a union with Jesus – is a rising with him and a dying
to sin. Every night prayer when we ask Jesus to forgive us for the failures of the day is a moment of
rising. Every moment of grace is our dying and rising to new life.
May this Easter be for you a very special moment of grace. Alleluia!
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