Easter Sunday and the Easter season

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Bishop Ricken

Happy Easter, friends!  May the joy of the risen Christ bring peace and joy to your hearts and homes this Easter season!

In many ways, brothers and sisters, this past year has been a daily walk with Jesus on the road to Calvary. Everyone has suffered, not just here, but around the world.

At times of trial in my life, I always call to mind a song by composer Jack Miffleton, who is known internationally for his work in children’s religious education and was very popular in the ’60s or ’70s. The words go like this:

But then comes the morning,

Yesterday’s sorrows behind.

Wake it’s the day of your longing.

Life returns, Mercy comes

It’s morning!

Easter Sunday and the 50 days of the Easter season are a great time to remember the power of the Resurrection. Please pray over and study the readings at Mass during this Easter season. If you can get back to Mass during these 50 days, do so. If not, for reasons of health, join me for the Sunday Mass on TV or your local parish’s livesteamed services.

We are in that time in between, between Jesus’ first coming and his return when he comes again. Now is the time to prepare for his return. Let the risen Jesus have more and more space in your life. Less fear, doubt and worry and more of Jesus, risen and victorious. Give him more space in your mind, heart, body and soul. As John the Baptist said, “He must increase; I must decrease.”

Sisters and brothers, what are the places in your heart that are so filled with your own needs and desires that there is no room for Jesus? This Easter season, ask God to reveal these places to you so that you may give up your old ways of living to embrace the new life in Christ. Through the cross to the Resurrection!

Life returns, mercy comes, it’s morning. Alleluia!