The Seminarian’s Musings
Dear Family in the Lord,
Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia! The Lord is truly risen, alleluia! My friends, we’ve come to the most joyful and glorious time of the Church year: Easter Sunday. For the past forty days or so, we’ve journeyed with the Lord in the desert and we’ve witnessed the events of our salvation in the Sacred Triduum of Holy Week. And now, and for the next 50 days, we rejoice in the reality that he is truly risen from the dead, that sin and death do not have the final word. It was true for Jesus, and it’s true for us! Indeed, “this is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!”
On Easter Sunday we renew our baptismal promises, for it is through baptism that we can claim Christ’s victory as our own. What an awesome gift! Perhaps throughout this Easter Season, we should try and rediscover the gift of our baptism, because I think it can often be like a gift that we haven’t fully unwrapped. As Christians, and because of our baptism, we have so much to offer the world as witnesses of the Risen Christ. May we not forget what Jesus said in the gospel when women met him at the empty tomb: “Do not be afraid, GO and TELL the others what you have seen” Jesus says the same thing to us too: “Don’t be afraid! GO and TELL the whole world what I’ve done for you! GO and TELL the world about this new life you’ve received!” This is what the joy of Easter is all about. May we use the great gift of our baptism—that great identity we have as Christians—to tell the world about him in our words and actions.
Perhaps some who are reading this are occasional guests. Please know that you are always welcome here, for this is a place where the gospel is preached and lived, a place filled with the light of the risen Christ. And from all of us to all of you, blessings for a very happy and joyful Easter! Indeed, the Lord is truly risen! Alleluia!
Until next week,