Fr. Michael’s Message
Easter Sunday

Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

The Easter Sequence (quoted above) draws us into the witness of St. Mary Magdalene, the “apostle to the
apostles,” who is the first to encounter the Risen Lord in the darkness of Easter Sunday morning, before the
sun is up, at the place of sadness and death, the tomb. Perhaps you have been there. Not to the tomb of
Jesus (which is an amazing place, let’s go there on pilgrimage someday!) but to the tomb, the graveside, the
hospice bed of someone you love. That place where all hope seems lost, where the light has died.
Mary Magdalene goes to that place, without any hope of seeing Jesus again, just to mourn and pray.
And it is there, the place of death, that Jesus stands alive and glorious. No fable of returning gods or echoes
of resurrection in the Old Testament prophets or even the resurrection miracles of Jesus could have prepared
her for what she saw. She is the first witness, who is called to bear witness to others. Something entirely new
has happened. And Mary Magdalene is the first to be sent (Apostoli) to tell the others. We too are sent as
apostles to bear witness to the Resurrection of the Lord. May God bless you and your families as we enter
into these 50 days of the Easter season, sent into the world to bring the message that Jesus is alive!

 

— Father Michael