Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 28:1-10
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. ― Pope John Paul II
Easter changes everything! Why? Christians are in Christ. What is true of him will be true of us. On Easter we affirm not merely, Christ is risen, but I shall rise. This is the confidence that fuels martyrs. It is the poise that allows an exhausted mom to get the last child in bed with kindness and love. Easter provides the certainty that allows those who find life challenging to keep walking in faith while they wait for a spouse to marry, a new job, to finish that last class before graduation, or to anticipate a friendship to be reconciled. Easter-faith is both backbone and joy for the journey—it changes everything!