One of my nephews gave up treats for Lent.  He stuck to it, even as his brothers enjoyed sweets.  A couple of weeks ago, as churches were closing and Easter Masses were cancelled, he turned to his mother with a distraught look on his face.  “Mom, if there’s no Easter, does Lent never end?”  You can imagine his relief when my sister told him that even if they can’t go to church, Easter still takes place.

Today, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  His Passion and Death on Good Friday were not the last word in the story of Christ’s life.  Through His suffering on the Cross, Jesus Christ conquered death forever.  The weight of Original Sin no longer has the final word over creation.  While we still experience suffering, sickness, and sadness, today’s feast reminds us that the brokenness of this world is not the end.  By the blood of Christ on the Cross, grace and mercy have the power to transform our hearts and our lives.  Through the power of the Resurrection, the Gates of Heaven have been opened.  God always has the final word.  And it is message of hope.  That’s the power of Easter. 

Our entire world is enduring terrible suffering.  Added to those who are ill, so many are burdened with anxiety and fear.  On this Easter Sunday, may we look upon the Cross with faith.  For today’s Feast is more important than ever.  God is always with us, even in these uneasy and difficult times.  Never forget, every Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday.  Lent always has an end.  Our Lord and our Lady walk each step of this path with us.  As isolated as we may be, we are never alone. 

I wish you and your families a blessed, graceful, and peaceful Easter Sunday.  Please know of my prayers for you, especially this day at the holy altar in Saint Joe’s. 

I don’t know if I’d ever tell her, but my little sister is right.  Even if we can’t go to church,    Easter still takes place.  Happy Easter.  Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!!