The "Main Event"
May 28, 2017
Seven weeks ago we celebrated Easter Sunday. Together as a parish we recognized the most momentous moment in human history, that Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead. The church was full of people: families, visitors, regulars, newcomers, and a few strangers. Even for those who only attend Mass once or twice a year, there is at least an unconscious recognition that Easter Sunday is the “Main Event” of our faith. It is simply impossible to understand human history, or our lives, without the Resurrection. Thus St. Paul remarked in his 1st letter to the Corinthians, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain.” As we come to the end of the Easter season, and as we prepare for the celebration of Pentecost next weekend, it’s a good time to reflect on the place of the Resurrection of Jesus in our lives. Is the Resurrection the “Main Event”? For me one of the consequences of the Resurrection is that God has definitively proven to us what the Angel declared to Mary, “nothing is impossible for God.” With the Resurrection of Jesus, God has demonstrated that he is more powerful death, that He can bring life out of death. And if God can raise Jesus from the dead, then He certainly can work powerfully in our own lives…if we are willing to let him. And that’s the key! Our faith is “in vain” if we live it as if it doesn’t have power, as if God didn’t matter or care, as if God couldn’t heal, restore, reconcile, or breathe new life into lives. As we prepare ourselves for Pentecost we ask Our Father, through Jesus the Risen Lord, to send us His Holy Spirit, to breathe new life into us, to transform us, and to make us new. What areas in your life need resurrection right now? Let us ask Jesus to unleash the power of his resurrection in our lives today. And let our prayers not be in vain.