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