On the first day of the week… 21Apr2019

There is something about sunrise that makes it so peaceful. It doesn’t matter if you are high in the mountains or at the shore of a sea; in your car leaving early to begin a long road trip or in an airplane flying east on an overnight flight; sitting at home enjoying your favorite morning beverage or at your place of work beginning your day; on vacation or starting another hectic day. As dark gives way to light—ever so slowly—and birds begin to chirp and peck the ground for grubs, the rising sun lends a freshness to our waking souls as the last remnants of sleep subside. Yes, sunrise is a most peaceful time of day.

It’s worth noting that each of the four evangelists—Mark, Luke, Matthew and John—point out that it is the first day of the week, at dawn, when the women discover the resurrection. The previous day ended in the dark of night, without hope, but they awaken to a new dawn, a new hope and a new life.

It is the same for us. The resurrection of Jesus sheds a brightness on our souls that is unparalleled. No longer need we live in darkness and the shadow of death. No longer need we fear the dark of night. Our savior has risen. He has freed us from sin and given us new life. Like the dawn of a new creation, we now enjoy Graces not available until this moment; and He who sits upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Rev. 21:5).

Our new outfits, the blossoming of spring flowers, days with longer hours of sunlight and the many fresh beginnings that bud forth this time of year are all grand reminders for us of the newness of Life that Christ gives us in His Resurrection, which completes the redemptive work of His Paschal Mystery. Every Mass is a remembrance and representation of this most special series of events and every Sunday, the first day of the week, is another Easter and a New Beginning. What a treasure of Peace we have and enjoy that was not available to the likes of Abraham, Moses and David!

Deacon Richard

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