April 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday
"The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.” Psalm 118:22-23
Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43
Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians 3:1-4
Gospel according to St. John 20:1-9
by Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB
This will be a celebration of Easter that we will long remember, since we will be gathered in our homes watching the Easter Sunday services live streaming from our parish churches or on a favorite religious television station. Our Easter festive dinners will have more empty chairs around the table. A very unusual time of distancing during a feast that calls for community celebrations of rejoicing and gladness.
In any case, I have waited with eagerness to celebrate this feast of Christ’s resurrection. These Lenten days of the coronavirus have been tough and compounded with sacrifice and social distancing. With Easter, my soul and body have been lifted up with the joyous alleluias and the certain assurance of Christ’s triumph over death. With Easter joy, I can go forward again, facing however long the coronavirus affects us.
Wherever we may be, let us join in a chorus of Alleluias together, knowing that Christ has conquered death and “unlocked the path to eternity” for us! Through the renewal brought by God’s Spirit, let us “rise up in the light of life.” The Lord is truly risen, alleluia!
“…the love of Christ must come before all else.” Rule of St. Benedict 4: 21
“Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed;
let us then feast with joy in the Lord.”
1 Cor. 5:7b-8a