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Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017

By Maryanne Wyllie, CSJ
Saint Clair Shores, MI

Acts 10:34, 37-43;
Ps 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9

And we saw it, saw it all…But in three days
God had him up, alive and out where he could be seen.
Not everyone saw him… We were the ones
commissioned to announce this in public.
Acts 10:40 (The Message)

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important feast in the Christian calendar. The bells ring, the music is joyful, Alleluias fill the air, the smell of lilies fill our churches. What are we celebrating? It’s not just the end of Lent (although many of us act like it is!) No, Easter is the beginning, the beginning of a whole new life for all of us.

At my parish this year they invited a group of Christian performers to put on a multi-media musical about the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It was a unique and moving portrayal of those redeeming events. But the part that moved me was how the disciples responded to the news that Jesus had risen, that he was no longer dead. The cast broke into a very lively song, dancing in the aisles and having us, the audience, shout along with them, two simple words HE’S ALIVE! HE’S ALIVE! We repeated that phrase over and over again until we were all standing and shouting together this profound truth of Easter – HE’S ALIVE! HE’S ALIVE!

For me this acclamation has become my Alleluia, my way of announcing the good news of the resurrection. What is yours?

Risen Jesus, strengthen us as we continue to share
the news that you are alive and will always show
us the way to live and be truly alive.


Personal Challenge
Try saying “HE’S ALIVE” in place of Alleluia
during this Easter season and see if, and how, it moves you.

Courtesy of Ministry of the Arts