Alleluia, he is risen!

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Bishop Ricken

How blessed we are to live in a post-resurrection world. Jesus has already won the victory for us! Yet, so often, we easily forget this wonderful truth. We get caught up in our own worries, our own weaknesses, our own sufferings and our own frustrations. Perhaps, like the disciples did after Jesus was crucified, we begin to wonder if all hope is lost.

This is the beauty of the Easter season. No matter how bad the past year has been, Easter is a reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Even death is no match for God!

As humans, we have a tendency to have tunnel vision. We become so focused on our own struggles that we lose sight of the big picture. We go through the year thinking that the only way things will improve is through the force of our own will. In other words, we become convinced that we must save ourselves.

But Easter reminds us that we already have a Savior! We don’t need to save ourselves, we just need to lay down our struggles before God and trust that the same God that raised Jesus from the dead can save us from whatever we are facing.

I know that this is easier said than done, that when we find ourselves in the midst of darkness and despair, it can be difficult to turn to God. This is why we celebrate Easter every year and why the Easter season lasts for fifty days. The church, in her wisdom, knows we need to take some time to let these truths settle in and take hold of our hearts.

So I invite you to take time throughout this Easter season to reflect on what God has done for us. Meditate on the many resurrection accounts in the Gospels and ask God for the grace to see these stories through the eyes of the disciples who experienced them for the first time. Ask God to help you recover the innocence of a young child who experiences the pure joy of each new day. Bask in the love that our heavenly Father has poured down on each of us.

May your Easter season be filled with the love and mercy of the risen Christ!