Today we celebrate the heart of the Good News as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection. Our Lenten preparation culminated in the commemoration of the saving actions of God on our behalf in the suffering, death and blessed resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior ritualized by us through our participation in the Paschal Triduum.
Today we once again hear the testimony of the proto-witness, Mary of Magdala, that the tomb was empty upon her arrival over 2000 years ago. This mystery still touches our lives to this day. Our faith, as St. Paul tells us, rests on our common belief that God raised Jesus from the dead. St. Peter says that all the prophets of Israel spoke about the coming of Jesus. In other words, Jesus is the promised Messiah in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
Today we renew our baptismal promises. In so doing we are reminded by St. Paul in the Second Reading that we have been raised with Christ, therefore we should seek the things that are from above where Christ dwells in heaven. We should set our minds on spiritual things, not the world and all its allurements. We are called to spiritually grow in shining virtues and in the fruits of the Holy Spirit so that we may gradually be transformed by the grace of God, the Father to become more in the likeness of the Risen Christ.
My friends, if this mission sometimes seems difficult, call to mind the words of the Risen Lord, “I am with you always, to the close of the age!” Certain of his presence, you shall fear no difficulty and no obstacle. His word will enlighten you; his Body and Blood will nourish you and sustain you on your daily journey to eternity.
We the priests, deacon, sisters and parish staff pray you have a Blessed Easter. May the light of the Risen Christ shine upon you and your family and fill you with the radiance still emanating from that empty tomb!
Liturgy Schedule for this coming week
St. Ann Church Assumption
Monday to Friday No Mass Monday to Friday 8:30 AM
Saturday 4:30 PM Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM Sunday 8:30 AM
Sunday (Spanish) 7:00 PM
Saturday 3:30 PM Saturday 3:00 PM