Alleluia! The Tomb is Empty -- Hope lives forever!
by Deacon Thomas Frankenfield
Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!
Throughout the past year I have been gifted by all of your personal sharing about struggles with pain and suffering issues. Your courage and trust have been an inspiration in my daily prayer since they really are lived experiences of the Paschal Mystery of dying and rising.
The rhythm of the Paschal Mystery is also the rhythm of our lives. During our Holy Triduum, we emotionally traveled from the joy of Holy Thursday to the emptiness and pain of Good Friday. However, we always look forward to Easter. This concept is reinforced in one of the most beautiful passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) where our Church teaches, “Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance."(CCC 1168)
Easter is a life of hope
The brilliance of this Easter is Jesus calling us to come out of the tombs of our personal pain and suffering to reach and embrace the Resurrection. Embracing the Resurrection is an essential step of faith for all Christians. For without the Resurrection our faith would be Easter calls us to see beyond our daily pain. Easter calls us to raise our heads to the Lord shining in our lives. Easter calls us to a life of hope--in spite of our infirmities.
Whether in this world or the next, Jesus is waiting to make us whole about how our bodies will be one day—because of the Resurrection. As Christ’s body was transformed and glorified, so will the bodies of those faithful to the gospel. We all will be transformed one day. No more pain. No more suffering. No more medications. No more handicaps. We will dance in praise of our God.
For Christians, Resurrection is more than a personal experience. We share the Resurrection’s hope as we gather with our Communities. As we embrace the Resurrection, are all assured that our God, who conquers even death, is the God of all that is seen and unseen. Thus, for our God, all things are possible. Then we can all sing--Alleluia!
As usual, a large step remains. That is the step of faith for us to truly understand that God is calling us by name. Make your Easter resolution to let go to God. Embrace the Resurrection with your entire being. My prayer is that in all you do and say, you truly experience the joy of the Risen Lord and a season of the Lord’s favor.
My friends, I wish you all a happy and holy Easter season. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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