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April 11, 2020

Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

We were indeed buried with [Jesus] through baptism into his death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.

Saint Paul drives home for us the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His life was not of importance only for his family and friends, but for all of us who have been joined to him by baptism. Paul tells us that we have died and have been raised with Christ in order to share the life that he won for us through our initiation into his covenant family. He adds that the purpose of this is not merely that we might go to heaven, but so that we should live in newness of a Christ-like life.

C. S. Lewis once said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’” Jesus’ risen life that we share in every Eucharist is what enables us to say that God’s will is what we want to be done in our lives. This is why the Eucharist is so important if we would be pleasing to God.

Our baptism symbolically portrayed, to all who witnessed it, that we died to sin as a way of life, and that we were raised by God’s power to a new life in Christ. Because we said “no” to sin as the master of our life and said “yes” to Christ as our Savior, as the captain of our soul, we can be certain that we shall be raised to eternal life with him!

Can I reflect today upon the tremendous blessing I have in Christ?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, as I reflect on the fact of your resurrection, help me to appreciate more and more on the new life you have traced out for me.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.