Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. Having spent the last several weeks on a journey of renewal, we gather to celebrate the Lord’s victory over sin and death. With the great St. Augustine we proclaim today, “We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” For the next seven weeks we will celebrate this victory. Today one of the most important parts of our Easter Liturgy is the renewal of our baptismal promises. Having spent Lent as a time of repentance and conversion we come to rededicate our lives to the One who alone gives us life; to the One alone who gives our lives hope and meaning. As we proclaim our faith in Him risen from the grave, our hope of Resurrection with Him is refreshed and renewed. As we go out from our Easter celebration we are called to make Christ known in our daily living. To make Jesus known we need a relationship with Him, like Mary Magdalen, Peter and John who were witnesses to the Resurrection. We have not been to the empty tomb and seen the burial cloths lying there. Nor have we seen that the cloth that covered His head was separate from the rest, which is important. It tells us that His body was not stolen. But we did put on Christ in Baptism. We were sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. At every Mass we eat His Body and Drink His Blood in Holy Communion. We read the Gospels to make His story ours. And we take time to pray, alone and with the community. We do have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Having died with Him in Baptism, we rose with Him and He now lives in us. Focus on the Risen Christ today. Take a long look at your life in light of the His life, death, and resurrection. Then, give thanks to God, by living the Risen Christ in ways that make clear that your faith in Him makes all the difference in your life. “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, the Lord is Risen. He is risen indeed.”

On this Easter Day I am grateful to the many parishioners who helped in so many ways and participated in our Holy Week Liturgies. To celebrate these Holy Days well it takes a community and ours is truly a blessed one. Thank you to the crafters for the beautiful Easter wreaths and decorations that adorn the Church. How festive and ‘Eastery’ it all looks. All our decorations help us to celebrate the Lord’s great triumph. Thank you to all who donated to our Flower Fund in loving memory or honor of loved ones. The beautiful Easter flowers also make St. Luke Church an even more beautiful worship space. Thank you to our faithful singers and organist for the many, many hours of rehearsing to make our music uplifting and special. The joy in their voices and playing truly celebrate the Alleluias in our hearts. To those who volunteered to have their feet washed, served as ushers, servers, lectors and extraordinary ministers of Communion, many thanks for your time and talent.

Welcome to our new parishioners who were initiated at the Easter Vigil; one received all three of the Sacraments of Initiation, Christy Martinez, who was baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist for the first time; three who had been previously baptized in other faith traditions were received into the Catholic faith by a profession of faith, John McClung, Megan Tongue, and Matt Van Conia were confirmed and shared the Eucharist for the first time. I am grateful for the new life they bring to St. Luke. They began a journey of faith last September and with the help of their sponsors and our awesome catechists, Deacon Dave, Jeanne & Bill Erker, Sue Ferrara, and myself they were welcomed to our parish. Thank you to all parishioners for your prayers for these new parishioners. May their journey of faith, and ours as well, continue to grow throughout their lives.

To all who are visiting St. Luke for the celebration of Easter, WELCOME! We are glad that you have chose to worship with us this Easter. If you are new to the neighborhood, are visiting from nearby, or are looking for a family of faith to call home, I hope you will consider St. Luke’s. We are a community where ALL ARE WELCOME!

Finally today, on behalf of Msgr. Morris, Donna, Amir, Terri, and myself, I want to wish you a very Happy Easter. May the Risen Christ enlighten your minds and hearts with great joy that you may know the great hope to which He has called us all.

God Bless! Happy Easter! Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)