April 16, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

 

“Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’” (Mt. 28.5-7)

This is the truth that we celebrate. Our Lord Jesus Christ is with us and will forever be present in our midst. He is true to his promise. He is alive. He wants to meet us in Galilee. What is the significance of Galilee? It was   Jesus’ home. It was where Jesus’ followers lived. It was the place where many significant events took place as Jesus fulfills his mission. Even now, Jesus wants to meet us where we live. He wants to find a dwelling there. He wants to entrust us with a mission of making his presence known and experienced by everyone.

As I write this, it is Thursday, April 6, ten days before Easter. The bulletin company requires I submit my ‘View’ today in order for production and delivery by Easter Sunday. AccuWeather indicates that the weather for Easter will bring “abundant sunshine”, high temperature of 61° and a low of 41° (perhaps a little chilly for Easter sunrise Mass) and 0% chance of rain (I tremble as I write this).

And so, presuming that as we gather in the brightness of this Easter day, I hope we gather to celebrate not only the Resurrection, but also the great lengths to which our God is willing to go in order that we, the lost, might be redeemed. Our God was willing to make His home among us and to go to the cross for us. He teaches us that without the risk of losing one’s life, the willingness to suffer, the humility to carry a cross, the Resurrection is   impossible.

Over these past three days we have devoutly recalled how Jesus was willing to bear the humility of being a man, how He died upon a cross, how He descended into hell, unlocked the gates of heaven, and conquered the darkness of evil and sin.  From the hopelessness of the tomb and from the emptiness of the grave, the Son of God has   risen, and He comes to us ‘in our homes’ this day with the promise of eternal life.

On behalf of our entire Parish Staff, we join together in extending to you our heartfelt prayer that you experience the joy of Easter. Since Easter is fifty days long, I hope we will have many opportunities to greet you personally and to thank you for the life you bring to our Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish family. We extend a word of appreciation to all who sacrificed to make our Holy Week as prayerful, inspiring, and inviting as it has been.

We also extend a warm welcome to those who are visitors to our Parish. We are grateful you chose to celebrate Easter with us. We extend an invitation to you to become a regular part of our Parish life. The bulletin cover lists our Mass times and phone numbers. Please visit our parish website and call us if we can be of any assistance to you. Welcome again, and may the joy of Easter belong to you and all those in your home where  the Risen Lord seeks to dwell,

 

Fr. Pete