Sunday, April 5, 2015

All things made new

The new oils are in the Ambry, the new water is in the font, the New Easter Candle is in its stand, and for the next 50 day (50 being the "pente" in Pentecost) we will reading only the New Testament. Even at wedding and funerals held during the Easter Season all of the readings are from the New Testament.

At the Easter Vigil (and today in some countries) Christians around the world renew the promises of their baptism. As I watch the Sunrise I remember the words from St. Mark's ressurection story,

And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.

Mark differs from John on the detail of the time and it doesn't really matter which is historically accurate, because each is making a different theological point. For Mark the focus is on the dawning of a new day, the rising.

Today is a time when families often gather. Perhaps the greatest gift we can all give each other this Easter is to let this day be a new beginning. Perhaps it is time leave behind whatever darkness and discord there may be. You may be thinking "But he/she hasn't changed or even apologized." I would remind you of St. Paul in his Letter to the Church in Roman,

But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Rm. 5:8)

It is not about the other person. Behave as if you love, and you will love.