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posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:14 AM by Church Office   [ updated Mar 29, 2013, 6:14 AM ]

On Easter Sunday early Christians did not greet one another by saying "good morning," but rather by saying "Christ is risen, alleluia." The response was, "The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!" In many countries, in various languages, this custom persists until this day. It is a powerful and beautiful expression of the most basic and powerful source of our faith--the resurrection of God's Son from the dead. As St. Paul would later write, "If Christ is not risen from the dead, our hope is in vain. But he is indeed risen." All our hope rests in Christ and in his victory over the power of darkness and evil.

Trials, disappointments and suffering do not disappear from our lives, but, as happened to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, tears can be transformed when we encounter the risen Lord and He speaks our name with tenderness and love. May each of you hear His voice speaking your name once again on this Easter day and may God bless you abundantly.