Fr. Timothy Shea

Blog #2: Easter

April 8, 2020

What a strange Holy Week!! The liturgies are meaningful and grace-filled, but without parishioners there, they lacked warmth. It is when we pray together that one really feels the impact of God’s presence. I think of you and pray for you every day, but I am very eager to be able to open our church and to welcome you and pray with you.

Sometimes our Catholic faith is presented in a very theological and academic way, when we should be looking at its simple, practical message. Here is what I mean: the two highlights of the year are Christmas and Easter. Theology explains Christmas, the birth of Jesus, as the Incarnation, which means the Son of God became human. Theology explains Easter as Jesus rising from the dead making salvation possible. However, the simple message of the theology is this: (Christmas) God is with you here on earth and (Easter) God wants you to be with Him in heaven. That is God’s love for you, and God hopes you will want Him with you now so you can be with Him forever...that is why our response to Easter is “Alleluia”.

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