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April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."

Psalm 118

Readings

Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:1-9


Reflection

by Sister Maureen Niedermeyer, OSB


Our readings for today are full of mystery, joy and expectation. Like the apostles and Mary, we look every day for Jesus, but sometimes we wonder where He is now in a world marked by weakness, greed, sin, and a planet subject to disaster. Mother earth groans. However, Christ’s death and resurrection transformed us and our earth. Maybe we wonder: yes, Christ is here, but why can’t we see his presence more vividly? Perhaps that is because each of us is called to be a reflection of his glory in our daily lives. Our task is to also to look for unexpected joy in unusual places for we continue to know that He is with us and in us. What stone needs to be rolled back in our lives before we can see Him? Let us trust that Jesus will and can remove any barrier that comes between us.


The resurrection story reminds us that we shall not die, but live! As Jesus was transformed from death to life by the power of the Holy Spirit, we, too, expect to be changed so that our destiny is established in heaven. Our body and soul live every day in Christ “hidden in God.”


Our risen Lord promises us joy beyond our wildest imagination! We know that because Jesus rose from the dead, so each one of us will rise one day, and so we sing out: Let Alleluias Be Our Song!


From the Rule of St. Benedict

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may He bring us all together to everlasting life.” Chapter 72: 11-12


Gospel Acclamation

“Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed; let us then feast with joy in the Lord.” Cf. 1 Cor. 5: 7b-8a