April 9th, 2014
I couldn't help but notice the other day as I was getting ready for the early morning Mass how much lighter it is outside in the morning. As I pulled up the blinds I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise, birds singing, and the bright yellow colors of a forsythia plant in my backyard. Let's face it; the signs of spring are all over the place.
Spring has always been one of my favorite times of the year. It was one of those few times in the Tri-Cities where the weather was just perfect. It wasn't too hot and it wasn't too cold. My dad and I enjoyed some of the best fishing in the numerous lakes and rivers that surrounded us and outdoor activities began once again.
Spring is also the time when we remember the powerful event of the Resurrection. I am greatly looking forward to the Easter Vigil and the symbolic journey from darkness to light. The procession with candles is a beautiful reminder how the power of the resurrection spreads: from one person to another.
Ministers often get caught up looking for programs that will attract multitudes of people, but the reality of evangelization is that disciples make disciples. Once someone is lifted from the tomb of sin and death through the power of Christ's resurrection, they go on to share it with someone else. As that witness grows, the light of Christ grows around us.
I hope that this Lent has been a special time for all of us to let go of things that rob us of the fullness of life that Christ wants to give us. There are so many people who aren't opening the blinds of their hearts to let the glorious light of Christ shine through. We are those blessed messengers of the Good News and nothing can substitute for our striving to bring the joy of the resurrection to others.
Get ready everyone! Easter is coming! May these next few weeks be a special time for each of us to be drawn into the saving mystery of Christ's death and resurrection.
Please plan on coming to the Triduum celebrations during Holy Week. Our ability to experience the joy of Easter cannot happen unless we journey with Christ through his passion and death. Only then can we fully experience the joy of the resurrection and share it with others!