Easter Sunday

Homily / April 16, 2017

God has rescued us.

God has saved us.

It is a salvation that continues throughout our life.

There are many moments throughout our life when the rescue, the salvation of God is as dramatic as the rising of Jesus from the dead.  God would not abandon Jesus to the darkness of death, but raised him to life.  God continues to do the same in our lives and in our time.

When one receives a report after surgery that there is no cancer –

there is resurrection, there is new life.

When the heartbreak of a broken relationship is healed by a love

even better than before – there is resurrection, there is new life.

When someone takes that huge step to let go of their addiction

[drugs, sex, smoking, pornography] and comes to fully live

again – there is resurrection, there is new life.

When a community diverse in race and color and language can live

together, work together, pray together – there is resurrection, there is new life over and above the darkness and death of racism and bigotry and discrimination.

But new life means change, too.

Each one of these candidates and catechumens has a story.  But so do the rest of us.  We are here because we have a story – a story of how much our God loves us, so much so that the