Thursday, April 16, 2015
Yesterday, today, forever: Jesus'
resurrection is part of God's loving plan
by Sister Mary Kabat
Alleluia! The celebration of Easter continues, and we
joyfully hear the stories of Easter proclaimed week by week.
Do you have a favorite -- Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the garden,
Jesus with the apostles in the locked upper room, or Jesus walking
with the disciples to Emmaus?
The Scripture readings this Sunday of Easter remind us that the
story of Easter is a definitive moment in God's great plan of
salvation. Peter's words from the Acts of the Apostles remind
us that our God is "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God
of Jacob, and the God of our fathers." (Acts 3:13) In the
Gospel, Jesus comforts and opens the minds of the disciples by
explaining "that everything written about me in the Law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke
As you reflect on the Easter stories, hear the fulfillment of
salvation history in the Resurrection of Jesus and the unfolding of
the resurrected life to this moment in our personal and communal
salvation story. Rejoice in God's plan of love that has been,
that is ongoing to this moment of time and look forward to one day
sharing fully in the resurrected life and fullness of God's
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Proclaim Alleluiah with 'great-fulness' this
by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi
Resurrection means ... the Breaking of Bread, sharing Christ's
life and learning to love one another.
Resurrection is ... God's gift of nature, the singing of birds,
the smell of green grass and colored flowers -- with warm sunshine
chasing the chill.
Resurrection means ... forgiveness and the ability to say, "I am
Resurrection is .. the joy of laughing children searching for
colored eggs, Easter baskets and family get-togethers.
Resurrection is ... God's love in friendships, a feeling of
togetherness and laughter shared.
Resurrection is ... that time to remember God has called each of
us by name.
Easter, the greatest Feast of all feasts, is a time to give
thanks and praise to God, for the glory of Christ's Resurrection.
With "great-fulness" for the gifts He has bestowed upon us, we say,
"Thank you, God!"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Alleluia! Jesus the Christ is risen!
by Sister Mary Kabat
We have made the journey of Lent and completed the Easter
Triduum. Now we join all the faithful in celebrating the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the opening prayer at Mass we
hear, "Jesus has conquered death and unlocked for us the path to
eternity." It is truly an Alleluia day!
As you hear and reflect on the Gospel story this Easter, with
whom do you identify?
- Mary of Magdala who goes at dawn with a heavy heart to be close
to a deceased loved one only to be confused by the message of the
- Peter and John who remember Jesus' words and run in hope of
seeing if Mary's news is true.
- The disciples locked in the upper room and locked by fear about
their future, and need the appearance of the risen Jesus to
transform their grief.
All became believers in the resurrection and proclaimers of
Jesus the Christ. We pray that you may know the comfort and joy,
the peace and life-changing blessing of Easter, and that you will
share the paschal mystery of death and life with all you meet along
the journey of life.
This is the day the Lord had
made. Let us rejoice and be glad! -- Ps 118
Monday, November 28, 2011
by Sister Elise Cholewinski
"The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God." (Mark 1:1)
With these words, which are really a Resurrection statement,
Mark summarizes the whole Gospel that he writes. We know this
is a Resurrection statement because Mark refers to Jesus as the
Christ, the Son of God. Only after receiving the gift of the
Holy Spirit on Pentecost did the disciples understand that Jesus
was truly the long-awaited Messiah and Lord. Mark uses this
declaration about Jesus at the beginning to indicate that
everything that Jesus does in the Gospel will reveal Him as
Messiah, climaxing in the final act, His death on the cross.
We need to read the Gospel of Mark, then, with "Resurrection
In the rest of this Sunday's Gospel we hear the prophetic cry of
the Advent season, "Prepare the way of the Lord." It's not a
matter of getting ready for Christmas; it's a matter of preparing
for the birthing of Christ in today's world. We can only do
that by living in the desert as John the Baptist did, by spending
time in solitude and silence, by focusing on the Word of God
instead of all the material products that the culture sets before
us, by allowing the mountains of self-seeking to be leveled and the
valleys of complacency to be filled, by letting Jesus live and rise
in us. Then the Word of God can again take on flesh in
us. Then we can point a finger toward ourselves and say,
"Here begins the good news of Jesus Christ." People will have
to read us with "Resurrection eyeglasses."
- How are you preparing the way for celebrating the birth of
- In what ways is Jesus living and rising in you?