Alleluia! Jesus is risen! His tomb is empty! "Death has no more power over Him" (Rm 6:9). Alleluia!
Because we've been baptized into Christ, we have died with Him (Rm 6:4). "If we have been united with Him through likeness to His death, so shall we be through a like resurrection" (Rm 6:5). This very day we have already "been raised up" with Jesus to share in His glorious, heavenly, risen life (Col 3:1).
For many in the United States, the joy of Easter means to return to the things we gave up for Lent. It's back to chocolate, sweets, soft drinks, ice cream, etc. Yes, we do have to "celebrate and rejoice" on Easter (Lk 15:32), and these treats help us to celebrate, but if we find our joy simply in returning to the old life we lived before Lent, we will have missed Easter.
Jesus is the reason for the season! He is risen! We are invited to a risen life with Him that is so new, powerful, and exciting that we can't sufficiently celebrate it with the "old yeast," that is, our old joys and lifestyle (1 Cor 5:7). Let us "be intent on things above rather than on things of earth" (Col 3:2). Let's celebrate the fifty-day Easter season by immersing ourselves in God's Word, which is sweeter than the tastiest candy (Ps 119:103), and in the Eucharist, the "bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Cor 5:8).
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2006 through May 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005.