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I went to church on Easter. I hadn't been there for awhile. I wanted to find Jesus. The church was like a tomb. Men in suits and ties. Women in their Spring finest. Children smiling and cute. The priest came out dressed in long robe. I noticed the large candle lit. Yes, I thought, it's time I find Jesus in my life. I read the Gospel for the day. The tomb was empty of life. “He is not here,” a voice whispered in my mind; “but go tell the other people 'He is not here!'” And go to the Galilee of your lives, the neighborhoods where the people live, those homeless, wondering where they will find food to survive another day.
Go to the Galilee of those suffering from abuse. Find then shelter from their tears. Go to those who have given up hope and show them love. Yes there were remnants strewed around, the fine clothing of those who gathered looking for Jesus. “He is not here,” the whisper grew louder. “He is risen!” There is no life in the tomb. But go into the Galilee of your lives. Extend your hand to those in need, and there you will find him. – anonymous author
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE:
Choosing life over death seems like a no-brainer: instinctive, natural, wholesome. Yet our American culture with its emphasis on escaping pain of any kind at any cost, can easily lead us to emotional, spiritual and even physical death. Don't want to face the humiliation of asking for forgiveness? Cut off your relationship with a loved one. Don't want to be hurt by anyone? Close the door on intimacy. Don't want to suffer failure or confusion? Numb yourself with alcohol and drugs. But faith offers a different strategy: love! Try loving yourself and others a bit more to get past the pain. It's the right choice!
On this first Easter Sunday, Mary of Magdala, John and Peter all take their turn looking for Jesus in the emptiness of the tomb. But all they can see is a hollowed space, all they can hear is the echo of their own footsteps, all they can recognize are the wrappings that now wrap nothing. There is nothing there but utter emptiness. Yet it is the very empti- ness that contains truth itself, It is easy to be faithful at the time of epiphanies; but we are called to be disciples in the empty times of our lives as well, when there is little to see, to hear, to feel. Can we look into the void and see divine pur- pose within it?
THE GALILEE of OUR LIVES Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI
In the Gospel accounts read during Easter season, Galilee is not simply a geographical location. It is a place in the heart. Galilee is the vision, the road of discipleship we walked with Jesus, the time in our lives when our hearts were alive with hope and enthusiasm. So whenever we feel that all is dead and the faith vision gone, we are told to go back to where it all began, to stir up the embers of faith still warm within us. “Go back to Galilee. He will meet you there!”
Hymn of Praise for the Easter Season:
Jesus, Name above all names, beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord Emmanuel, God is with Us, blessed Redeemer, Living Word
(sung three times)
A SPRING CONCERT: The South Shore Chorale, directed by Cory Schneider, presents Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 51 West Division Street in Fond-du-Lac. The rest of the concert features many familiar hymns. The church seats only 300 , so order tickets online at Hometowntickets.com. and enjoy!