Mar. 31:  Easter Sunday                                      Read Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”

Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

 

from Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

            On this holiest of days, we are privileged, for we get to join our voices with the Church of all times and places in declaring the truth of the gospel.  We are privileged to join with the women who told the eleven, that the one who lives cannot be found among the dead.  And like Peter, we have run to this morning and we are filled with joy!  So stand up and sing, and shout, and clap, and make noise on the horns, and bang gongs for all the world to hear, for Christ is risen!  We, too, share in this life so freely and abundantly given.  This is a moment and day of hope for all.  We all have things that entomb us, and all of us know pain and the power of darkness in our lives.  Easter declares for us again that the tombs of life are rolled open in the Risen Christ.  There is life beyond and ahead and present to us this very day!  So let us join our voices with all the faithful that life wins.  He lives!  May we, too, live fully and abundantly!  God bless you on this holy Easter day.

We sing of your great life and love for all of Creation, Dear God! 

In the Resurrection, you bring forth new life to the dead. 

Send your life and light into each of us this day and every day,

that we might live fully and abundantly for you. 

 

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