Easter Meditation

RESURRECTION: Our God Of Love, by Richard G. Malloy

March 29, 2016

From Hungry, and You Fed Me Your life is hidden with Christ in God. Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on the computer.  They had been going at it for days, and God the Father was tired of hearing all of the bickering.  Finally God said, “Cool it!  I am going to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the better job.” So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.  They worked Word.  They excelled at Excel.  They pounded out PowerPoint reports.  They sent out e-mails with complicated attachments.  They downloaded.  They researched on the Web.  They used Photoshop.  But ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the [...]

EASTER: Darfur In Light Of Easter by Seth Kaper-Dale

October 29, 2015

From A Voice for Justice April 30, 2006 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) I was sitting in the doctor’s office a couple of weeks ago and had one of those endlessly long waits.  I’d read Sports Illustrated going back to the Super Bowl.  I’d even flipped through the gardening and home magazines.  Finally, I picked up the local New Jersey Jewish newspaper, The Jewish State.  I wish I’d picked it up first. The entire cover page was about Jewish concern about the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.  Under the heading, “‘Never Again’ is Now,” I read about Jewish efforts to raise [...]

EASTER: Saved By A Rockette — Easters I Have Known, by Kathleen Norris

April 10, 2015

From The Cloister Walk Let us sing now, not in order to enjoy a life of leisure, but in order to lighten your labors.  You should sing as wayfarers do – sing, but continue your journey.  Do not be lazy, but sing to make your journey more enjoyable.  Sing, but keep going. (St. Augustine) A dark plaid, deep reds and browns.  My favorite dress.  Soft cotton, no scratchy lace.  Buster Brown shoes.  An occasion; my mother has set my hair in rags overnight and in the morning she lets me brush out the curls.  Then we go to a department store in downtown Washington, DC, where along with other children, I have tea and cookies with the Easter Bunny.  I have the photograph to prove it. I love singing in the cherub choir at the First [...]

EASTER: A Faith That Loves The Earth by Karl Rahner

April 7, 2015

From The Mystical Way in Everyday Life It is difficult to express in worn human words the mystery contained in the joy of Easter.  If the mysteries of the gospel can enter the smallness of our human comprehension only with great difficulty, putting them into human words involves even greater difficulty.  The Easter message is the most human message of Christianity.  It is the reason we have such a hard time understanding it.  For what is the most true and obvious, in short, the easiest, is also the hardest to live out, to do, and to believe.  This is the case today because we have accepted the silent and hence undisputed assumption that religion is solely about a deep feeling of the heart and an advanced spiritual life, which we [...]

EASTER: Urbi Et Orbi Message by Pope Francis

April 6, 2015

From I Ask You to Pray For Me Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter!  Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen!  I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons. . . . Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!  Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!  The mercy of God always triumphs! We, too, like the women who were Jesus’s disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means.  What does [...]