The Sunrise Mass held at Philipe Park in Safety Harbor, a short walk from Espiritu Santo Catholic Church is one of my favorite liturgies. Why? In the quiet of an Easter morning we walk in the dark to find our place and then the gift of a morning sunrise reminds us what it was like for Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome who were on their way to the tomb, just after sunrise.
Imagine their astonishment, as we ponder the words of Mark 16: 4-7:
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ “
So my Easter Week, begins at the edge of Tampa Bay. During this wonderful “Easter Week” I ponder the fact the “He has risen!” What does that really mean for me today in a culture that is surrounded by a variety of issues – being homeless, an immigrant, being cyberbullied, racism, drug abuse, child abuse, the environment, and more.
I invite each of you to share how you ponder this gift of the Lord now being alive in our everyday lives! Or take a moment to reflect on Seeing Myself in Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Sister Bernadette Reis, fsp.
What does it mean to have the Lord with us always? Does this awareness assist us in being the presence where we share our gifts and talents to change some part of the world around us to be better than we first found it?
I guess I wonder, why do I celebrate this feast of Easter if I am not willing to be one who shares the Risen Lord with those I meet on a daily basis?
Do we see love, grace and more in the incredible life of Jesus, who says, “He is with us always?”
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