From Father's Desk

Dear Parish Family,

A Happy and Blessed Season of Resurrection to you and yours! Easter and the whole Easter season are such a delightful time of year, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where the empty tomb coincides with Spring. New life is everywhere! The grass is growing; the daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips are blooming; the trees are budding; many of their own blossoms are emerging: magnolia, cherry, dogwood, redbud, apple. The days grow longer and the nights warmer. The whole earth seems to be awakening from a slumber, even from a death - we might say - awakening unto new life.

During this season we can perceive the beautiful harmony between the natural rhythms and our supernatural existence. The natural order reflects the higher supernatural order. Creation imitates her Creator. Just as the grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die, so our Lord Jesus is the ultimate seed which blossoms unto eternal life. This order reflects an even deeper thing than “life imitating art,” as the saying goes. Indeed, the humble tulip points toward the empty tomb.

Easter is a season of celebration. We are celebrating new life in Christ, really in a certain way, how everything - in light of Christ - can be seen as brand new.  Hence, the name of our series for Easter: Brand New. Won’t you join us for the holy Masses of Easter and the Easter Season? It is time for a fresh start and to be filled with a new hope, for better days to come. Jesus is alive!

Before the Resurrection, death was seen as the ultimate reality. The Scribes and

Pharisees did not even agree on whether an afterlife followed this life. But after the Resurrection of Jesus, he himself becomes the ultimate reality. Christ our Lord is the one who gives life new meaning, power, and purpose. He is the one on whom the whole basis for existence depends. And this season Jesus wants to do something new in you and me.

Three times in the Gospels Jesus raised someone from the dead. Most remarkably the raising of Lazarus from the dead led many of the Jews to believe him, to follow him, to base their lives on him. Each of these signs pointed to the ultimate raising from the dead, the resurrection unto new life. This gift of new life is extended to everyone who belongs to Jesus, most especially in the Sacrament of Baptism.

Paul writes to the Romans on this topic. He describes Baptism as a type of death that allows us to enter into the death of Christ and so rise with him on the other side to newness of life. We can imagine being submerged under the water, unable to breath, in a different realm, senses dulled. This is the tomb. Suddenly we are brought forth anew, to exist not for ourselves but for him who died and rose again for us.

This is the beautiful way to discipleship, following the Lord to the newness of life He promises. And inviting others to participate in the great mystery in which we already share. Easter is a season of worship and a season to cherish the gift of a brand new kind of life, given us through the dying and rising of Our Lord Jesus.

Happy Easter!

Fr. Wilson