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04/11/20 Easter Vigil - Fr.Reggie

On this Holy Saturday, we wait with prayerful perseverance and hope during these dark hours while we remember Christ in the tomb. But a new day is about to dawn. St. John Paul II said, “Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” As Easter people, hope is our Christian identity. We are beloved sons and daughters of God who are called to believe that Christ is truly risen–to feel it deep in our bones–and then live this truth.

The first disciples did not have the gift of hindsight, as we do. Jesus said that he would rise again (Mark 9:31), but they had to live through his Crucifixion and those deathly quiet hours afterward without knowing what would happen next and armed with only their faith. When the women came to see the tomb, they must have been wondering and perhaps a little afraid of what they would find. The first words we hear from both the angel and from the resurrected Christ are, “Do not be afraid.” As Christians, we can be unafraid of death because we stand firm in our faith that Christ has won the victory for us. Jesus told John, “Do not be afraid. I am…the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever” (Revelation 1:17-18). May we, like the women, hear those words of comfort from our King, the One who lived and died for us. May we go to see Christ’s tomb in the dark of the Easter Vigil as hopeful disciples who firmly believe that he lives.

And we need to go to that tomb tonight as there is another darkness that plagues us. That of this COVID-19 virus. We need our faith now more than ever to remember that God has the final word.  We are a people of tradition and do best when we are in our comfort zones, but must remember we are the same people outside that comfort zone. We are God’s children following his plan not ours, COVID’s or any other.

Shake it off story….

Traditions of being here although we can’t …….

 

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