The Shroud of Turin and the power of Christ’s resurrection in your life

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Easter Sunday: April 24, 2011
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; 1 Cor 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

Happy Easter, everyone! Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia!

As we heard in our Gospel reading, St. Mary Magdalene arrived at his tomb that first Easter Sunday morning to find the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. For Christ was not there: he had been raised!

But I wonder: What happened inside that tomb? Christ was raised from the dead; but what would a camera inside the tomb have recorded? What would scientific instruments have detected? (more…)

The Resurrection: a transformation that is the opposite of “the circle of life”

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Easter Sunday, Year C: April 4, 2010
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Happy Easter, everyone! And can we possibly think of a day that looks more like what Americans think Easter looks like, than this one? After so much snow this winter, right outside the door we see wonderful weather, bright sunshine, green grass, and flowers everywhere: everything that people associate with Easter. Everything except… here’s the bunny! Well, okay, so this bunny is a stuffed animal, since a real bunny would be a little too squirmy for me to be using in my homily right now.

For so many, the sight of a bunch of new baby bunnies squirming around, or of fuzzy yellow chicks, speaks of new life and hope. And isn’t that what Easter is all about? New life in the spring? Cuddly baby animals? Like that song from “The Lion King”: “The Circle, the Circle of Life”?

Well, actually, it’s not. The Christian proclamation of Easter is actually exactly the opposite of “the circle of life.” Now why would I say that? (more…)

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