Easter: Feast of the Resurrection!

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; I Cor 5:6b-8; Gospel John 20:1-9

Do you remember Easter Sunday as the day you wore a new hat and coat and shoes and purse? I do. I also remember finding my Easter basket after Mass.

As adults, we might consider the deeper meaning of all things new on Easter Sunday, the Feast of the Resurrection.

The first and second readings for Easter Sunday remind us of the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection, and of our potential for the same (new) experience:

“You have died and your life is hidden with Christ.” (Col 3:1-4)

“Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough.” (1 Cor 5:6-8)

During Lent, we were asked to “die to self.” Now, on Easter, we are asked to rise to the true self, to be a fresh batch of dough because – with our cooperation – God gives us life-giving spirit.

Questions for Reflection:

How will you nourish your resurrection experience, keep it alive, enable it to grow?

What will you read, think about, mediate on?

What new spiritual practice will you explore?

What distractions arising in the culture and in or former habits will you now avoid?

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