APRIL 2017


“Let us Rejoice and be Glad Therein”

by Rev. Joseph Szpilski

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

—Mark 16:6

For those who believe in the Risen Savior, Easter Sunday is the high point of the year. The Resurrection of Christ Our Lord not only guarantees us immortal life, but it tells of a new life and a higher kind of life. By His resurrection, Christ gives us His own divine life. It is the beginning of the life we shall enjoy to its fullest extent in heaven. It is in truth the beginning of heaven on earth.

So the accent of the Christian message is always on life, not on sin, punishment and death. Of course, we have to remember the crucifix and its meaning, for we were redeemed as much by the Resurrection as by the cross. The Resurrection, then, means much more than a happy ending of the Crucifixion. It is the climax of the great drama of our Salvation, a climax, moreover, that continues in our time, having its life-giving effect now as it did on the first Easter Sunday.

May this thought bring you joy on Easter Day. May it inspire you to exclaim with the Psalmist: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.”

Rev. Szpilski, C.M., is former pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.


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