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Overcome with Paschal Joy

Happy Easter. It was a long and arduous Lent. Now we have just finished this 8 day celebration of one day and an entire celebration of one event. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. I don’t know about you, but this gets me super excited. I just want to dance and shout and overall look foolish. What was sadness has become joy. In and through Christ rising from the dead, WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. We have the great promise of the joy of heaven.

So often in the ending of Lent our merely comes from returning to that thing that we gave up, but that joy won’t last. Because the thing we gave up, won’t last either. Joy in being given eternity last much longer because eternity in joy lasts.

Over the course of the Octave of Easter, I, with every other priest around the world, was prayer the First Preface of Easter. It captures exactly what I’m trying to say.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation
at all times to acclaim you, O LORD,
but on this day to laud you yet more gloriously
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
For He is the true Lamb
who has taken away the sins the world;
by dying, He has destroyed our death,
and by rising restored our life.
Therefore, OVERCOME WITH PASCHAL JOY,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim.

Easter gives us the trust and best opportunity to be overcome by joy. No matter the circumstance you find yourself, good or bad, cause for joy or cause for sorrow. Let the joy of the Resurrection and what that act means for us permeate your heart. This joy will be for eternity.