Guided by the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish is a Eucharistic community that seeks to live the Word of God, instill the legacy of faith, and proclaim the love of Christ through service to all.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30am
Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm
Saturday (Anticipatory): 5pm
Saturday 8:30 am-10am
April 20, 2014
“I know that you are looking for Jesus….”
“Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.” Wow! What comforting words. An angel of the Lord, appearing as lightning with clothing white as snow, knows what the women are about, what they are doing, whom it is they seek.
Why would the women have been afraid? Were they afraid of the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb? Perhaps. Were they afraid of encountering grave robbers or other nefarious people? Perhaps. Maybe they were afraid of finding Jesus dead, really dead, literally stone cold dead, their worst nightmares confirmed, the last vestiges of hope extinguished. But maybe it was something else altogether. St. Matthew tells us that when they went away from the tomb they were still afraid, although they were also of great joy. And when suddenly Jesus, who was alive, himself appeared to them he too urged them to “not be afraid.” So maybe their fear lay somewhere else. Maybe their fear actually lay not with finding Jesus dead. Maybe they were actually afraid of finding him alive. What, you say? Why would they be afraid of finding him alive? Because then their whole world would be turned upside down. Then they would have to live differently then they had lived before. Then they would have to live for Christ and because of Christ. Then they would be alive because Christ was alive. Then they would know that they would live forever and would have to start living anew that very day.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Today we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, but not at Our Lady of Loreto Parish. Instead, truly, we gather at the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem. Do you hear the angel saying to you: “Be not afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified”? This is the first step to living the new life Christ won for us in His resurrection from the dead. Come on, admit it. You are looking for Jesus, aren’t you? If you are looking for love you are looking for Jesus. If you are looking for intimacy you are looking for Jesus. If you are looking for acceptance and friendship and care you are looking for Jesus. If you are looking for justice, forgiveness, reconciliation, independence you are looking for Jesus. If you are looking for a better life, for healing, for a job, for your father or your mother, you are looking for Jesus. Plain and simple, if you are looking for life, to be alive, to know the meaning of your own existence, then admit it: you are looking for Jesus. Happy Easter. We are very blessed that you have gathered with us and with one another to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and to renew your baptismal promises. We are very blessed that Christ has died for each and every one of us so that we might be blessed by each and every one of you. We are very blessed to be fellow pilgrims with one another, together seeking Jesus. “Do not be afraid.” And, go and tell others to join you, to join us. Together we will see Jesus!
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