Sunday, April 20, 2014

Христос Воскрес!

The Russian greeting means Christ is risen! The icon of the Resurrection has a million little details, but at the center is Jesus lifting Adam and Eve for the realm of the dead, a reminder to us of how God's plan extends across time, the power of death is destroyed and in the end the kingdom of God will triumph.

In today's gospel, it is Mary Magdlene, a woman who discovers the empty tomb. It is she who has to lead the apostles to it. God has turned the culture on its head.

For the next 50 days we will read nothing from the Old Testament. Each year during Easter we are invited to go back and read the Acts of the Apostles, the story of the beginnings of the Church. It is a chance for us to remember what we are supposed to be, what we should constantly strive to be Lent is over but our process of conversion is never over. Happy Easter!