Easter Sunday


Acts 10:34.37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9


Easter Sunday is with us again!  Is it with a sigh of relief that we have a ‘break’ at this time of the year?  Is it just another Sunday? Or it just another time of the year for the commercial world to make more money using a solemn Christian Feast?

Resurrection implies new life! This is the gift we receive every morning when we wake up! The Easter Liturgy celebrates the Father re-breathing ‘life’ into His Son and that ‘new life’ is to be shared among all people and by all people.

Easter is about hope; it is unthinkable that a Christian should even entertain the ideas of hopelessness, even when we live in a world which thrives and makes money on bad news! Jesus triumphed over darkness. There is a massive need for people of hope in today’s world and in today’s Church.

Easter time is a reminder of our Baptismal responsibilities. We are therefore reminded strongly that we must be a community of hospitality, a community of mission, and a community of Thanksgiving. 

Easter time is not a ‘one-off time’ to celebrate Christ Our Light!  Do we personally believe in the community, which we call the Church, to the point of wanting to really know and care about each other? The Sacramental Community nourishes us, and we are called to nourish it by our active participation in every way possible.

Finally, Easter reminds us to be a Church oozing with simplicity, truth, authenticity and daring in every way in our Mission.

Easter calls us to be totally authentic, real and the embodiment of Peace.

Kevin Walsh is a priest in the Diocese of Parramatta in Sydney. He has been formed in the Passionist tradition, and Ministers to the Aged, the Sick, the Dying and the Bereaved.