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EASTER VIGIL HOMILY

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TOWARD A HOMILY AT THE EASTER VIGIL [IN THE HOME]

 

Rejoice, let Mother Church rejoice with Heaven and Earth

 

It is nighttime but a time of joy. Christ’s light dispels the darkness. The Church has great reason to rejoice in praising God with this thanksgiving celebration. Because this ritual is extensive some have shied away. But those who have made it a tradition to participate in the Church’s liturgy on this night have been well rewarded for the many gifts and blessings we, the body of Christ, receives here.

The church is empty this year because of an unexpected virus traveling our land and through most parts of the world. The risen Christ, however, is present in our parish and in the hearts of those who reverence the Lord in their homes. Since it takes some preparation to draw deeply of the springs of salvation from the Church at liturgy with Christ, I recommend spending some time with the word of God — which is given us in the scriptures, in the Mass prayers, in Easter Proclamation (the Exsultet) and in the Easter hymns many of which you know by heart (or refresh your memory from missalettes or prayer books or over the Internet). Today the Church sings Alleluia and the Easter melodies of faith.

I will begin with the word of God in the Exsultet which describes so marvelously what we are all about at Easter:

It is truly right and just,
with ardent love of mind and heart
and with devoted service of our voice,
to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father,
and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten.
Who for our sake paid Adam’s debt to the eternal Father,
and, pouring out his own dear Blood,
wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness.

Notice that Easter is not just about Jesus but about his Father and as Jesus breathed his Spirit upon his disciples the very first Easter and does so today.

The scriptures go from beginning to end and the fulfillment of God’s covenant plan in his Son’s glorification. To show this there are 9 readings and psalms 75% of which are Old Testament to be true to he risen Lord saying that he was raised from the dead according to the scriptures, i.e. according to the overall plan of God which is spelled out both in the Old Testament and in the New. Christ’s Paschal Mystery is the fulfillment of God’s promise from the beginning. [You can find links to these scriptures on the homepage of this website.]

The first Christians came to understand the scriptures from the Christ risen. This is testimony of the New Testament and in the sign in our times that our progress in understanding the scriptures, as Jesus said, will show us and the world that the Father has raised him. Easter is a renewal of the covenant which we do publicly with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises. This should be done, even at home, together and out loud.

 

Leader: Do you renounce sin, so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?
All: I do.
Leader: Do you renounce the lure of evil, so that sin may have no mastery over you?
All: I do.
Leader: Do you renounce Satan, the author and prince of sin?
All: I do.

Leader: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?
All: I do.
Leader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried,
rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father?
All: I do.
Leader: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
All: I do.

All: This is the faith of the Church, we are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Our cherished Church liturgy remains in our hearts even at home.
The risen Lord is with us everywhere we go, whatever we do.
His presence is in his faithful people. I am with you always ’til the end of time.

 

HAPPY EASTER, ALLELUIA!

 

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