All Saints Messenger - April 20, 2017

posted Apr 20, 2017, 10:01 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
What a glorious Holy Week & Easter Sunday. We journeyed with Christ through his week of betrayal and death and hears about salvation history and coming into the light at the Great Easter Vigil. Easter morning saw baloons, joyous music, numerous Alleluias and so many smiles and so much joy.

The challenge now for all of us is maintaining that joy and remembering to let Jesus Easter in us! To live this time, really the rest of our lives, with the resurrected Jesus in our souls, selves and bodies. Such a challenge and one not just unique to us in America in the 21st Century. The disciples, just a few days after Jesus' resurrection struggled with the same thing.

The disciples were huddled in fear. Their rabbi had been executed. Surely questions lingered among them as to whether they too might be handed over to the authorities. That evening the risen Lord appeared in their midst and showed them the wounds in his hands and side. The disciples saw firsthand the wounds inflicted by humanity upon God's Son. God's response to the horrible events of Good Friday stood before them--the resurrection of the Son. Christ's first words to the disciples are ones of peace and forgiveness. Just as Easter brings new life, so also forgiveness brings new life. Forgiveness is the contemporary equivalent of the resurrection of the dead. Christ appears to the disciples bestowing upon them a new commission. Just as he himself is raised, Christ authorizes his followers to raise fellow believers from the dead by speaking these words, "I forgive you your sins for Christ's sake."

God of peace, forgive my sins as I forgive the sins of others. Make me a witness to your sacrificial love to those I meet today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

See ya Sunday! 
Fr. Gary+