Scene: A man is preaching on the corner of a busy intersection on Easter.
Preacher: Jesus has risen from the dead!
Person from the Crowd: You mean that the spirit of Jesus is alive in our hearts.
Preacher: No, I am saying that Jesus rose from the dead.
Person from the Crowd: Oh, you mean that Jesus came back from the dead, just like the daughter of Jairus or the son of the widow of Nain or Lazarus, Jesus’ friend.
Preacher: No, I am saying that Jesus was raised from the dead to new life!
Person from the Crowd: Oh, you mean that Jesus was not resuscitated but resurrected to a new way of life, different than ours.
Preacher: Now you’ve got it right! And, just so you know, you too can rise to that new life!
PrayerLord Jesus, You who rose from the dead, open my heart and my mind to this new possibility of life that You have prepared from me and all those who believe in You. Help to trust that what happened to You on this day of Easter may happen to me one day. Amen
Fr. David Theroux, S.S.E. ’70, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies
ScriptureFirst Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel: John 20:1-9, Mark 16:1-7, or Luke 24:13-35
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website