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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,
D.Min., LMFT, AAPC

A Talk for Easter Sunday
April 5th, 2015

“Christ Our Light”


Man free after 30 years on death row. Embraced by his sobbing sister, who said: “thank you Jesus”.And that brief phrase should be ringing in every fiber of our bodies this day: “Thank you Jesus” His attorney said the following: “We have a system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. Now listen to to the opening prayer for the Easter vigil: “ Brothers and sisters on this most sacred night in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life the church calls upon her sons and daughters to watch and pray, then we shall have the sure hope of sharing his triumph over death and living with him forever”.”This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld ”.I saw a beautiful simple banner the other night in a church where I was hearing confessions.”As you faced the altar Christ on the cross was very evident and central. On his left side was the first banner which read “:He Died, and on his right side was the second banner which read: That we might live”. Greater love than this no man hath, than to lay down his life for a friend. This is both a strong reminder t hat Christ is our Savior and our light, as well as a challenge to ‘live life fully – gratefully and prayerful. When aske,"d to explain the mystery of Easter author Carl Knudsen responded with the following s tory. Years ago an old lamplighter, engaged in putting out the street lamps one by one was asked by a reporter if he ever grew weary of his work. After all, it was a lonely job and the night was cold and damp.

“Never am I cheerless”, said the old man, for “there is always a light ahead of me to lead me on.” “But what do you have to cheer you on when you put out the last light?,” asked the newswriter. ‘Then comes the dawn”, said the old lamplighter. Christ – there, always Our Light.

Our first reading from Peter in Acts 10: “You know what has happened al l over Judea, how God anointed Jesus, who went about ‘doing good’ –they put him to death, hanging him on a tree- God raised him on the third day – he commissioned us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead – and that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name”.’This i s the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” –our responsorial psalm .Our second reading from Colossians 3 “Brothers and Sisters, if then you were raised with Christ seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God”.

Our beloved Pope John the 23rd puts it beautifully in these words: “ Every believer in this world of ours must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying leaven amidst his fellowmen.” Jesus Lives, Alleluia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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