Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
Summary: Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to all people.
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Summary: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Summary: The core of the Christian faith and Paul’s preaching is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the crucified and risen Christ appeared to the earliest of his followers, so we experience the presence of the Risen One in the preaching of this faith.
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
Summary: The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.
Theme for the Season of Easter
His love endures forever, so let your faith shine.
Through the forty days of Lent, we have focused on God’s grace and the gift of life. Now, as the Son rises on Easter morning, God shows us that not even death has power over love. God’s love endures forever. How can we do any less than to let our faith shine in response to such overwhelming love?
God calls us to live in unity, rejoicing in God’s love and loving one another. We share God’s love when we worship together. We share God’s love in a kind word, and in a supportive gesture. We share God’s love by reaching out to the hungry and sharing our bounty with God’s children.
Jesus is our example. He embodies the love of God, made manifest among all people. Jesus shows us that all are welcome in God’s kingdom. He has shown us the light of God’s love, and calls us to be that light for others.
We gather each week to celebrate the Resurrection. We lift our hands and voices in praise, knowing that God has made us for worship. We come to the altar in our imperfection, knowing that God will meet us where we are. God’s enduring love sanctifies us and fills us with light, that we might let our faith shine in our lives.