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April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

In Las Vegas, at the funeral of a notorious gambler, a friend was delivering the eulogy.  The speaker went on and on (as we often do) with those flowery phrases that try to cover up the fact of death.  At one point he said, “Let us not look upon our dear friend as dead, but merely asleep.”  To which one of the deceased’s gambling pals standing in the rear of the funeral parlor said to those around him, “I’ll give you eight-to-one he’s dead.”  There were no takers.

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 into 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 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 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).”