April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday

by: Nick Sagriotis

Opening Prayer

Lord we bow before you today in great humility, we ask that you open your minds and heart as we listen to your words. Help us not just to hear but feel and to moved closer to you every day.

Readings

First Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Gospel: John 20:1-9

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Reflection

If you are here reading this today it is because you have been given a great gift: to know, love, and serve the Lord! We must look at how we have all fallen short on God’s calling to holiness in many ways. Falling prey to the preoccupations and amusements of the world is all too easy. We all have different and difficult challenges to face be they personal, family or work.  The stresses of daily life can leave us with “little in the tank” and spending our precious free time in a fog of distraction by television or entertainment. If we only remembered to put God at the center of our lives, and at the center of our families lives, how quickly everything would come into focus. Where God is, there is always hope. Let us take a few moments, this Easter season, to ask ourselves the hard questions.

Meditation

  1. What are the “things of the earth” that we most set our minds on? Financial security, prestige, social connections, material possessions?
  2. What are the “things above” the loftier matters God wishes us to focus our attention on?
  3. During this Easter season, what changes can we make in our life to live to better reflect God’s desire for us?
  4. Is my life a reflection of the joy that is knowing Jesus? Is this joy manifested in my interaction with others?

Closing Prayer

Lord, you know even the numbers of hairs on our head, help to know you better, guide us Lord to a continual spiritual growth so that our lives will have meaning beyond the earth and that we may bear many fruit for your kingdom. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.