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The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday)

April 4, 2015

FROM FEAR TO BELIEF

We need others around us to share in our belief. In the encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis writes, “Faith is necessarily ecclesial; it is professed from within the body of Christ [the church] as a concrete communion of believers. It is against this ecclesial backdrop that faith opens the individual Christian towards all others.”

There are two great lessons in our Gospel today:  We need a personal experience with Christ if any of this is going to make sense; and we cannot have a true experience of the resurrection in isolation. We need the church to help us understand – to create the opportunity for an encounter with the Risen Christ. And so the two lessons connect to each other.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Easter Sunday (Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; Mark 16:1-7)

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