Happy Easter Everyone! Today, we rejoice that Jesus has conquered sin and death for us. God’s love truly knows no end as our hope is renewed and eternal life is offered to all who have an open mind and heart for God. It’s somewhat ironic that Easter Sunday this year happens to also fall on April Fool’s Day. Interesting enough, not since 1956 did Easter fall on April Fool’s day. This has only happened four times since 1900: 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956. It won’t happen again until 2029. This year, you might say, Jesus, by his passion, death and resurrection has made a ‘fool’ out of the devil and his evil designs. Who would have thought that the greatest of tragedies, (Christ’s crucifixion) could become for us our greatest blessing through our Lord’s complete empting of self. It just goes to show that the grace of God can turn all things upside down in wonderful ways in our life! As 1 Corinthians ch.1 v..25 says: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” And in another place: 1 Corinthians ch1 v. 18: “We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our various Holy Week celebrations. Special thanks to our liturgists, choirs, soloists, liturgical ministers, decorators, and Deacons Bill Ritchie, Deacon Chris Goenner and to Fr. Tom Olson who all helped us with our services as well. We are very blessed to have their presence with us. I also want to thank all those who contributed to our Easter collection as well. As in every year, we depend very much on your financial generosity to help keep our budget going strong.
Finally, I would be amiss if I did not also thank our “Rebuilt Evangelization Committee” who helped put together, conduct, and present our Lenten program entitled, “Gather Us In” a video series on our Catholic Mass. We had over 200 people attend these sessions weekly. What a wonderful turn-out! So, thank you very much.
Last but not least, next weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday is a relatively new church feast instituted by the late St. Pope John Paul II the Great. This is an excellent time to really focus on the meaning of God’s inexhaustible mercy held out for us. You might consider attending any number of Divine Mercy celebrations this next Sunday, April 8th. Please see the St. Cloud Visitor for special times and events throughout our diocese and in particular at St. Mary’s Cathedral here in St. Cloud.
Here’s hoping your Easter celebrations whether at Church and at home are wonderful reunions of faith, family, and friends!
Words to live by: “To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”