Reflection from Fr. Taylor: Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016

The late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen had a weekly television show back in the 50’s and 60’s which often had a theme of “Life is Worth Living”.

At no time in the church’s year are we more aware of this than on Easter Sunday and indeed the whole Easter Season. It is important for us to know this as we go through life looking at the thing which seems to demean life. Easter is an acclamation of life in the face of death.  There is always a message of hope in the face of despair, and we need it more than ever because life is constantly under assault today from outside and within our society.  There is this culture of death which the late Pope St. John Paul referred to.  The notion that life is cheap and can be disposed of is so against what Easter is all about.

In our own communities there is a looming threat against life through violence, crimes and murders, but the hope comes in the fact that there was an empty tomb, and we know the reason for the empty tomb.  The author of life has a victory over death and that victory is for all times.

But if Easter is a celebration about new life in Jesus Christ then it must take hold in the deepest being of our own lives reminding us that we are Easter people and that we are people who affirm and support life. Sin and death never have the last word and we should never lose hope.  On Good Friday even the Disciples were tempted to give up hope, but in doing so we give death a victory.

Yes Easter is here and our troubled world continues, but we are new people with new eyes and new vision with a new hope and sense of changing the world. May that spirit continue with us all throughout the year.

May God bless all of you and please have a most blessed and bountiful Easter Season.

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