HAPPY EASTER!!! I wish each and every one of you a happy and holy celebration of Christ’s resurrection. This is the victory of our God, the triumph of life over death. It is a celebration of Jesus’ message of compassion, of reconciliation, and of mercy. Even though his proclamation of the Kingdom of God led to his crucifixion, he was unwavering in his commitment. And thus, as we hear in the Acts of the Apostles during this season, God (the Father) raised him up to new life.
And so, annually we relive this event. Over the past week we have contemplated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his Passover supper with his disciples, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the condemnation, his incredible suffering on the cross, his death, and now the most amazing thing of all: his resurrection to new life! For centuries, the Church has celebrated this most symbolically with the new waters of Baptism. In the early Church, adults were brought into the Church at Easter, and so some 40 years ago, we have returned to that practice. At the Vigil, Chad has entered the Church and been given new life through his baptism into Christ’s death, so that he might also rise anew with Christ. Congratulations to you, Chad, and welcome! We have also received others into the Church with the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Cynthia, Judi, Kim, and Loretta, congratulations to each of you, and welcome!
Since Baptism is so central to this feast, you will notice that the Baptismal Font will be highlighted during this entire season. It is our entrance into the Church. When we bless ourselves with holy water, we are commemorating and recalling our own Baptisms. I invite you to be conscious of that in a special way during this season. I pray that each of us may live the life offered to us through the Resurrection, and to live it to the full! This is indeed the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!