Easter, 2017 Homily

posted Apr 17, 2017, 11:59 AM by Church Office   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 11:59 AM by Michelle Massung ]

On behalf of the staff here at Ss. Peter and Paul, we want to wish all of you a Happy and Blessed Easter.

            In today’s society, we like to be entertained.  Whether it is a movie, TV show, Sports, theatre, etc., we like to have somebody else provide us with a way to get away from it all.  They do all the work and we just sit back and enjoy them perform.  Let’s face it, if you are like me, I have enough drama going on in my life that I don’t need anymore.  In fact, I look for ways to eliminate some of the drama.  Within the past 10-15, Hollywood has produced many movies pertaining to Jesus and other stories or characters in the Bible.  There was the Passion, Moses, the 10 Commandments, Jesus, Exodus, and many more.  To me, they help to make the Scriptures come alive and give us a more realistic perspective of the culture and the life of those in the Bible.  Rather than watch a movie, some just prefer to read the Bible.  It is a great book filled with many good stories.  Like any good book, it has many great characters and lots of action.  We have Adam and Eve, Moses, Abraham, Noah, King David, Jesus and his band of disciples, St. Paul and many others.  It has lots of drama, love, war, heroes, villains, miracles, death and a happy ending.  It is a good book that can entertain us.

            So what does this have to do with Easter and the Resurrection?  Today, we celebrate the new life that Christ was given by His Father when He was raised from the dead.  It is the greatest event in human history.  Now, it would be wonderful if we just celebrated this event on its own.  However, to truly experience this Easter Resurrection, we have to move from spectator to participant.  We have to move from the audience in to the actual drama.  In order to truly celebrate the great feast of Easter, we too need to have a new life, a resurrected life in Christ.  That is why I had us prepare for this during Holy Thursday when we washed each other’s feet.  That is why during the stations of the cross on Friday that we carried the cross around the church like Christ carried the cross to Calvary.  To me, w need to experience what Christ experienced so that we can experience a new life on Easter.

            Now, rather than being a spectator, we participate in a new life in Christ.  That is what Easter is all about.  Being a true disciple of Christ means that we have a personal relationship with Christ.  We live along side him and not just watch what he does throughout His life.  We talk to him, ask him to help us through the tough times and rejoice with Him in the good times.  He becomes our leader, our guide, our focus, just like he was for the disciples.  In the same way that He died to self for others, we do the same as we show our love for God and others.  We read the Scriptures in a new and different way.  We put ourselves in similar situations that we are going through in our own lives.  We may need to be healed, or have our sight restored, or be raised up after falling from our sins.  This is how we approach the Bible, not a book to be read, but a story for us to live in like so many of the other people I mentioned earlier. 

            What does it take to make this happen?  It takes a great faith and trust in the message of Jesus.  It takes us believing that Christ is alive and well, dwelling among us and that He wants us to know and to love him.  Later in this mass, we renew our Baptismal promises as a way of being reborn in Christ.  Let this be our call to a new life in Christ; not as spectators, but as full and active participants.  In this way, we can truly rejoice this Easter.  We can truly experience the joy and peace in our lives that He promises to us.  Alleluia, Jesus has been raised from the dead.  That is the good news of the Resurrection.  The better news is that since He was raised, so are we!!  Let us rejoice and be glad.