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Called to be Easter People: I Have Risen and I am with You Still (Entrance Antiphon, Easter Sunday)

Sr Marilyn Doucette

…with all of you who have journeyed together as an e-mail community during these weeks of Lent

And now, we are called to be Easter People.

This is the day God has made; let us rejoice and be glad!    ♫  Alleluia! Alleluia!

This psalm response for Easter Sunday invites us to be filled with the newness of life and joy

that bursts forth within us and around us as we welcome and celebrate the risen Christ.

How will I (we) Easter this year?

~Will I join in the Church’s extended celebration of the Easter season, welcoming the  appearances of Jesus as he revealed himself to his followers … as he desires to reveal himself  to me?

~Will I linger with Mary Magdalen as she moves through her experience of loss and hopelessness over Jesus’ death to anxiety over the disappearance of his body from the tomb and to the unimaginable moment of surprise and joy in hearing Jesus call her by name? Can I find events in my own faith journey leading me from suffering and/or loss to the moments when Jesus has called/is calling me by name with special graces?

~Will I take up Jesus’ plea, “Go and tell the others ” who today are living … in fear, in violence, in hunger or homelessness, in family struggles, in loneliness, etc., so they too may come to know the peace that only he can give?

~How will the renewal of my baptismal promises this year strengthen my commitment to live   the Gospel message?

~Will I allow myself to experience and accept the power of Christ present in my life?

~Will I urge him as did the disciples of Emmaus to “stay with us,”? …with me? …within me?

~Will there be a new awakening in me as I recognize him in the breaking of the bread?

Gracious God, help us to live as Easter People. Gift us with the joy, the peace, the presence of the Risen Christ that awakens in me new life, and in others the desire, “I want what you have.”


♫   Alleluia!    ♫ Alleluia!    ♫ Alleluia


Shalom!  Happy Easter! 

Sr Marilyn Doucette,  West Haven, CT



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