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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Resurrection of the Lord The Mass of Easter Sunday

“We are witnesses of all that he did … He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:39, 42)

I try to imagine what it would be like to take in the Resurrection without the advantage of 2,000 year’s perspective. What in the lives of those early followers enabled them to make that huge leap of faith? How would words ever communicate the magnitude of what happened?

What can be surmised with some certainty is that their imagination, their hearts and their faith had to expand significantly. The unimaginable proved to be real in encounter after encounter with the Living Christ. What the mind could not grasp intellectually, the heart of love was able to believe.

It is no surprise then that in our first reading Peter has to give the historical context of how Jesus walked among us, truly died, was raised and that many people experienced his presence with them. Furthermore Jesus commissioned all his followers to bear witness to him.

How might this reading and the Risen Christ speak to us in a new or a fresh way? How did our Lenten discipline prepare us to stand with Peter? Jesus being raised from the dead is as profound today as it was for the apostles. How does this truth touch our hearts and quicken our imagination? Where is the presence of our Risen Savior notable in our daily lives, with our families and at work? Where is the new life? Like the early followers we, too, are commissioned to bear witness to Jesus.

Risen Savior,

we rejoice in Your victory over death.

Every time we make life-affirming choices

we bear witness to Your presence among us. Alleluia!

Sr. Mary Thomas
Senior Vice President Mission, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

ACTS 10:34A, 37-43 • PSALM 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23• COLOSSIANS 3:1-4 •1 CORINTHIANS 5:6B-8 • JOHN 20:1-9

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