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  • Bill Miller

Scripture Reflection, March 31, 2024, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8

John 20:1-9


This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!

In Easter, the preeminent Christian feast, we celebrate Christ's passing over from death to life, what we call the Paschal Mystery. In his resurrection we see God’s definitive answer to death, and not only death, but sin and suffering and all evil. They will not win! The Reign of God has broken into the world.

And we, united with him in baptism, are destined for a similar resurrection as we share his mission. At each Eucharistic celebration, as bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus, so we who partake of that Eucharist are transformed into a likeness to him. And in doing so we commit ourselves to carrying his victory against evils of all kinds into our world.

He lives now in us. Through us he reaches out to the poor, the sick, the marginalized. Through us he challenges oppressive institutions. Through us he brings peace where there is discord and challenge where there is apathy.

We are not spectators whose role it is to sit on the sidelines and cheer, “Yay, Jesus!” No, he has passed the ball to us. We have been called onto the field. And though we have been assured of a resurrection, there is much to do between here and there!

by: Pat Schnee

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