We Are the People of the Resurrection

This time of crisis may find us feeling that we are living in darkness. However, on this great Feast of Easter, which lies at the very heart of our faith, we are reminded that Christ has conquered the darkness. The joy of the Resurrection renews the whole world as the rising sun reminds us that the Risen Son has scattered the darkness of sin and death.

We are the People of the Resurrection, called to live as children of the light. The effects of the light are seen in goodness, living upright lives and truth. The Resurrection of Christ has set us free and no crisis which comes our way can diminish or extinguish the light.

On the day of our baptism we put on the new life of Christ which was symbolized by the white baptismal garment we were clothed in. The candle that was given to our parents and godparents on our behalf was a reminder that we are called to be light in the world. The Sacred Chrism with which we were anointed gave us a share in the threefold mission of Christ; Priest, Prophet and King. With all of this the dignity of being God the Father’s sons and daughters was bestowed upon us. We were given a purpose, a sharing in the mission of Christ. And we were given a destiny, eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

Today the Church invites us to renew the promises of our baptism. Since we cannot be together this year as a community, I invite you to renew those promises in your home.  The response to each question is “I do,” said out loud as a family or silently if alone.

  • Do you believe in God the Father, source of all light, and in his love for you?
  • Do you reject the many false gods the world offers for your adoration?
  • Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness?
  • Do you reject the works of darkness, namely, sin?
  • Do you reject the false lights by which Satan seeks to lure you from the path of the Gospel: greed for material things, lust for pleasure, craving for power and popularity?
  • Do you believe in Christ, the Light of the world?   
  • Do you believe that Christ has entrusted his light to us, and that he now depends on us to let the light of goodness shine in the world today?
  • Do you believe that by rising from the dead Christ has overcome the darkness of death, and that we can do the same if we have faith in him?
  • Do you believe in the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, consoling us in times of sorrow, strengthening us in times of difficulty, and binding us together in the love of Christ?
  • Do you believe in the Church, the community of believers in the Light, sisters and brothers in the Lord?
  • Do you believe in Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is also our Mother, and the Mother of the Church?

Now bless yourself with the sign of our salvation, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I pray that the God of love and mercy, through the resurrection of his Son, will kindle within your hearts the hope of eternal life. May God guard this hope with his grace, and bring it to fulfillment in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Happy Easter!

- Fr. Dennis, Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Watch Fr. Dennis's Easter message and blessing.