Mother Lisa Files: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!

The great celebration of Easter is underway. Yes, Easter Sunday is the principal feast of our liturgical year, but Easter is more than just a single day. It is a season that lasts fifty days—a full seven weeks—from Easter Sunday to Pentecost.

During this season, we have many reasons to rejoice, as we celebrate the gift of offering and sacrifice that Christ made for us. In his suffering, Jesus conquered death and freed us all. This gift of love continues to be the foundation of the mystery of faith we proclaim each week in our celebration of the Holy Eucharist: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Through this mystery of Christ’s Resurrection, we are all given new life, including the church. You will notice that our study of Scripture changes during the Easter season. In the Lectionary readings, the Old Testament texts are replaced with text from the Acts of the Apostles.

The book of Acts shifts the focus from the life and ministry of Jesus (contained in the Gospels) to the life and the work of the church as it was brought into being and sustained by God. By focusing on these lessons throughout the season of Easter, we have opportunity to reflect on ways that new life is being born into the church today and how it is sustained by God.

What does it mean for us, to be in community, as members of one body in Christ? How are we to live into our responsibilities as members in the life of the Risen Lord? Is there evidence of new life in the church? As people of the Resurrection, do we look for opportunities to bring joy and hope to the church, and to others? Are we a joyful people? Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us.

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