Posted on Apr 11, 2020

St John Vianney R C Church

Solemnity of the Resurrection

Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20: 1-9

On this most strange and extra-ordinary Easter Day I would wish you all the fulness of life, joy, and hope in the resurrection from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we are to some extent confined to our homes, isolated from friends, family and loved ones; as we are prevented from gathering together as the body of Christ; as we in so many ways live in fear of the unseen enemy that lurks among us; in one way or another as we find ourselves in a culture of death let us remember one simple, salient fact – Christ is risen and with him we are risen.

In the early morning Mary Magdalen came to the tomb and found the stone moved away, and she came running to the apostles who in turn came to the tomb and entered in where Jesus had been laid – they saw and they believed.

Over the next weeks, the risen Lord would appear in various ways in in various places – on the beach, behind locked doors, on the road, in the upper room. Often he would greet them with “peace be with you”. I hope and pray that in the midst of all that surrounds us right now in the tumult of the Covid-19 crisis, we too will still by faith hear those same words from the risen Lord: “Peace be with you”, and hearing his voice and making our Spiritual Communion with him, we may know that inner peace that the power of the risen Lord gives, a peace that the world cannot take away.

Fr Rob
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