(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, April 16, 2017)


Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord

Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

      Now we know that Jesus stands by his promises! In a flash, Christ has changed darkness and death into light and life. Our journey through the struggles of Lent and the pain of Holy Week is over. With malicious sacrilege, evil has done its worst to the sacred body of God's Son. With Mary and John, we saw Him die. We wept at the tomb. Then, before dawn on Sunday, Christ broke through the rock, shattered the power of sin and, according to Tradition, appeared first to His Mother, then to the women and the apostles.

      As we listen to today's first reading, we hear one of Peter's very first sermons. The curious bystanders were astounded at the change in this man. He comes fresh from the fiery tongues of Pentecost, still in shock at the dream he had on the way to Cornelius' house. Nothing was to be considered unclean. So he is free to preach to Gentiles the Good News of God's forgiveness and freedom for all. Peter and the others are commanded to baptize any who believe in the Christ. So the word spreads through the whole countryside and beyond. Resurrection is the hope of every living person. No wonder the apostles preached with such courage and enthusiasm!

      They preached about a God who cared first for people who were poor and powerless, a God whose love governed all His relationships. And He taught us to not only believe injustice, but to act justly

      Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

     Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor