Happy Easter! For this article, I would simply like say once again, Happy Easter, and offer my homily from last weekend as we began the eight days—the Octave—of the most sacred days of the year.
Hope you enjoy it and know of my prayers for all of you during this powerful but challenging times in our lives!
“‘Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness’” (Exultent).
“Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! Happy Easter.
“I hope that as we gather together spiritually, that we can be physically with each other soon. The donut sign is still where the donuts will be back as soon as possible, though after the Eucharistic!
“I also bet that our students will also be excited that Lent is over, and they will receive candy after they memorize their Bible verses, and they will already have a pile of them as they were gone.
“I am so glad for Easter. And we get to celebrate, not just this evening, not just one day, but for 8 days…8 days!
“Jesus said in the Scriptures: ‘I am the light,’ and THE Light destroys darkness!
“I have noticed that the importance of light, both in our world, but more importantly in our spiritual world. The sun lights later each day. Our porch lights going around the country every evening at 9:00pm. The Lighthouse on Lake Superior has been lightening as we strive to fight against the coronavirus. There are lights around the country, lights on stadiums, for the prayers for our students.
“Once again, many people recognize these lights for the coronavirus, but we know that it is Jesus Christ is THE light!
“And if you haven’t already, please turn on every light in your house! I know we did as I need some sunglasses in our true home!
“As I am beginning to read the City of God by St. Augustine, I am realizing that we are always fighting against the City of the World. The former is built on the Light of Jesus Christ. The latter is hit by sin, evilness, and darkness.
“We began this liturgy with the Easter Candle, and listen some of the powerful words again, (and perhaps you didn’t hear me, or understand my singing). Or, it is odd this year, but most years you may remember how this one light, when it is passed to others, can light up a room.
“‘This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness. On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering…’
“Let us live in the light of Jesus Christ, not only in the fight against this virus, not only in the fight against sins against evilness, against this temporal world, but: ‘May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN!’
“And happy EASTER!”