“Peter proceeded to speak and said, ‘You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with them. We are witnesses of all that he did…they put him to death hanging him on a tree. This man God raised up on the third day and granted that he be visible not to all but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.”
We can listen to many Easter sermons, telling of the events and appearances of Jesus. We visit the upper room with the apostles, meet Him with Mary in the garden, breakfast with Him on the shore of Tiberias, and share an evening meal in Emmaus. All are witness stories.
The Pentecost sermon of Peter quoted above summarizes the event of Easter and its meaning for the witnesses. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, so we too have been confirmed. He was filled with power, so too we who live the life of grace. He went about doing good, the work of the church, so too we are missionary disciples today. We too are the chosen witnesses of the Risen One who eat at His Table, breaking the bread of life.
“The faith we profess in the resurrection makes us men and women of hope, not despair, men and women of life, not death, for we are comforted by the promise of eternal life, grounded in our union with the Risen Christ” (Pope Francis).
May the peace, mercy, love and joy of the Risen Lord Jesus bless you and your family this Easter day and always! Enjoy your Easter celebrations today with family and friends and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my Homily this morning:
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish