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April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday

On Tuesday, there was a funeral for a young man in our church.  Many people came and grieved over the young man’s life.  Then on Good Friday we had a commemoration of the death of our Lord Jesus.  His death and resurrection give us many things to think about especially at this confusing time in our society.

We may think:  'It's impossible.'   God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27).   We may think:  'I'm too tired.'   Christ says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30).   

We may think:  'Nobody really loves me.'   Christ says: “I love you” (John 3:1   6 & John 3:34).   We may think:  'I can't go on.'   God says: “My grace is sufficient” (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)   

We may think:  'I can't figure things out.'   God says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6).   We may think:  'I can't do it.'   God says: “You can do all things“ (Philippians 4:13).   

We may think:  'I can't forgive myself.'   God says: “I forgive you”  (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)   We may think:  'I can't manage.'  God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Phil 4:19).   

We may think:  'I'm afraid'   God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear”  (II Timothy 1:7).   We may think:  'I'm always worried and frustrated.'  God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (I Pet 5:7).   

We may think:  'I'm going to die.'   Christ says: “I am the Resurrection and the life” (John 11: 25). 

Pilate, the priests, the Pharisees, soldiers and even the disciples of Jesus were sure that the Lord was dead.  They could bet a million to one.  Nobody would take the bet at that time.  But Christians everywhere later on have gambled on the one they put in the tomb, not with money but with their own life because they really believe that the Lord is risen.

Alleluia! “The Lord is not here, but has risen.”  This is the proclamation of the angels to the women who came to see the tomb of Jesus on the first day of the week.  This is also the cause of joy and strength for Christians throughout the history.  We can see it in the celebrations of the Church.

Thanks to all of you, the Choirs, Liturgy Committee, Art and Environment Committee, RCIA Team. Servers, Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, and all those who have made the celebrations special, prayerful and joyful.  Easter was the foundation of the apostles’ faith and it still is ours.  Without Resurrection, Christian faith could be like a story without an ending.  St. Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain (1 Cor. 15: 14).”