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Ressurection Easter Sunday 4-20-2014

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In one family, it is a Good Friday. A job has been lost, a career derailed. A serious illness has been diagnosed. A once-loving relationship has unraveled. But the other members of the family put aside their own lives and come together at the foot of their loved one’s cross. Their love moves whatever mountain necessary, changes the course of whatever river is in their way. Together, Mom and Dad and Sister and Brother, Step Parent, Single Parent, and Grandparent bear one another’s crosses to bring hope, healing, forgiveness — and resurrection — to every aspect of their life together as a family. The love of our families can transform tragic and desperate Good Fridays into Easter hope.
In this classroom, it is a Good Friday. The numbers and diagrams in the algebra text are a maze to the student. She is lost and frustrated and discouraged and wants to quit. A tired, overworked teacher just wants to go home after a long week; but, seeing her student’s frustration, she takes off her coat, puts down her pile of books and papers, and patiently walks through the problems with the befuddled student. After a lot of hard work and patience, the “lights come on.” A teacher’s selfless caring and generous gift of time transform this student’s Good Friday into Easter light.
At corporate, it is Good Friday. A single mother has lost all of her vacation and leave time to care for her seriously ill child. She is about to lose her job – and the important medical benefits critical to her family’s survival. Her co-workers devise a plan to pool some of their vacation time and cover her responsibilities so that she can keep her job and benefits while caring for her son. A Good Friday of desperation is transformed into an Easter of possibility.
If we are honest, all of us sometimes find ourselves stuck in a Good Friday world – our problems batter us, overwhelm us, strain our ability to cope and make it all work. Our Alleluias are tempered by reality; we approach this Easter Day with “Christ is risen, BUT…” But in raising his son from the dead, God affirms the Goodnews of his Christ: that good can conquer evil, that love can transform hatred, that light can shatter the darkness. We need to remember and remember it well, the story of Jesus whether told in the Bible or on a movie screen does not end in the cold hopelessness of the cross but reaches ultimate fulfillment in the Resurrection. Easter calls us to embrace the Risen One’s compassion and openness of heart and spirit, enabling us to transform the Good Fridays of our lives into Easter mornings.
This Easter morning I close with a challenge for all of us!
Some years ago, I was in Rome on Palm Sunday with the youth from our Diocese for World Youth Day. We all had the opportunity to hear Mother Theresa of Calcutta speak.
I remember well what she said:
“Death has not put a stop to the mission of Jesus. His mission is to be carried on through us. Living witnesses of his presence.” The challenge, to be Easter People — not just today, but everyday. People whose lives not just their mouths (in church) radiate (not perfectly bus as best we can) the hope — the joy – the presence of Jesus risen and alive – right here — right now.
Let us stand and re commit ourselves to Being Easter People everyday!

Resurrection First Communion 5-5-2013

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I would like to talk with the kids. But I would encourage the rest of you to ease drop:
The girl asked the family’s dinner guest, “Do you like dolls?”
The guest said, “Of course, sweetheart, I love dolls.”
“Would you like to see mine?”
“That would be wonderful.”
The little girl leads her guest to her room where she brought out all her dolls.
The guest asked, “Which doll is your favorite?”
The little girl hesitated a moment, and then picked up a well-worn, tattered rag doll. It was missing a button eye, its seams had obviously been sewn up many times, and its dress was faded and frayed. She hugged the doll close and showed it to the guest.
“This is Annie. I love her most of all.”
The guest was surprised that, out of all the beautiful dolls she had, the little girl would pick up this old, tattered rag doll.
“Why do you love this one so much?”
The little girl said, “Well, if I didn’t love her, no one else would.”
When we have lost faith in ourselves, when we are feeling especially unlovable, when we are feeling wiped out by all the demands placed on us and our inability to make everyone happy, the image of the Good Shepherd should restore us to hope and confidence. In Christ the Good Shepherd, God’s limitless, unconditional love takes on a human face, becomes real in human history. In God’s eyes, love is never absent; in God’s heart, forgiveness is never impossible; in God’s embrace, no one is ever alone or forgotten.