Is Easter about chocolate and candy?
Is it about the Easter bonnet parade?
Is it about the cute little Easter bunny?
Is it about all those delightful Easter Eggs?
Actually Easter is not about any of these things.
We profess the belief that there is only one God because he has revealed himself to the people of Israel as the only One when he said, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord your God is one Lord" [Deuteronomy 6:4], and "there is no other" [Isaiah 45:22]. Jesus himself confirmed that God is "the one Lord" [Mark 12:29]. To profess that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also God and Lord does not introduce any division in to the one God.
Ref. CCC 200-202, 228
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At the Last Supper with his apostles on the eve of his passion Jesus anticipated, that is, both symbolized his free self-offering and made it really present: “This is my Body which is given for you” (Luke 22:19), “This is my Blood which is poured out...” (Matthew 26:28) Thus he both instituted the Eucharist as the “memorial” (1 Corinthians 11:25) of his sacrifice and instituted his apostles as priests of the new covenant. Please click here to learn more about Holy Mass, also known as the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Today is Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter and the first reading is another powerful text from the Acts of the Apostles. It illustrates what happens when a group forgets what its mission is. On a given Sabbath the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. Paul and Barnabas were prepared to proclaim that word. Yet, there were people who were jealous and violently contradicted what they said. Surely this opposition came from pagans or those who hated God. No, it came from the religious leaders.
St. John has seven distinctive “I AM” statements in his gospel – I am the Bread of Life, I am the Way the Truth and the Life, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Light of the World, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Vine, and (in today’s reading) I am the Gate.
Each of these sayings symbolically represents (in kaleidoscope fashion) not just what Jesus does but who and what he is. They do not simply stand for or point to their meaning – they ARE their meaning. So, for example, Light of the World does not mean that light gives us some idea of how Jesus functions or how he enlightens. It means that Jesus is HIMSELF light; it is who tells us what light is.; he is what we see by.
In an article I read some time ago by Hispanic theologian, Roberto S. Goizueta, there was an account of the tragedy that befell a five year old African American child in inner-city Boston. Kai Leigh Harriot was playing in the porch of her home one day, when she was struck by a stray bullet from a drive-by. The bullet severed her spine and left her paralysed.
This year we will celebrate Easter again, as we did last year and God willing as we will do next year and the following. Yes the parish may try something new as we did last year and we wonder if it will have the same impact as what we tried last year did. Parishioners remember our celebration from last year and no doubt lives were impacted in some ways, on the individual level perhaps but was there any real impact on the societal level so that it could be said that the celebration of Easter brought about some change. Do we as a people or as a Church really understand Easter?