The Risen Christ opened the tombs of those who were dead. The power of His resurrection introduces a spring time to our human living. Like the rebirth that comes with warmer temperatures, the resurrection is meant to bring us to life anew as well. Witnessing the dedication, joy and enthusiasm of those newly baptized or received into the church at Easter, should encourage all of us to reinvigorate our faith by reaching deeper into its meaning and reaching out with generosity to serve others. The winter of selfpity, loneliness, and selfindulgence can lock us into our own little worlds with petty concerns. Easter opens these tombs we shut on ourselves, and calls us to go forth with the news that God has conquered sin and death in Jesus, the Christ.
Easter Sunday Masses were filled to capacity. Many people attended then who don’t return again until Christmas or next Easter. We are tempted to blame them, to think they are lazy or don’t care, but maybe we should turn the mirror on ourselves. What do they see in the regular attendees when they come here for the holiday? Do they see dedication, joy and excitement for being here? Do they encounter hospitality, personal interest and an invitation to come back? Is our first reaction one of being glad they are back, or is it an arrogant judgment against them for being away? Christ’s resurrection is a warm welcome to beginning a new life. Is this what we witness to others?
We were all blessed with surprisingly warm temperatures on an early Easter. Nature didn’t ask who deserved to have the sun shine on him or her. All were invited to come out into the uplifting light. Resurrection works the same way. Instead of a window sill, anyone can hop into a pew and hopefully find light and warmth, signs of new life, and the beginning of a new season in their lives. It can happen, if the warmth of God’s love touches them through disciples who show His love.