Sermons on John 20:1-10

Easter – Resurrection now

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today, we proclaim that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! We can say it with our mouths, and we may know an accompanying joy in our hearts, a longing within us that feels affirmed.  But what does the Resurrection of Jesus mean and what does it mean for us? What is the Resurrection? The hope of a life to come, of a rebirth after death,…

Easter Day – Set your mind on things above

Set your minds on things that are above! The strife is o’er, the battle done; the victory of life is won; the song of triumph has begun. Alleluia! Every Sunday, but especially today, we proclaim and celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead! Our Gospel today [St John 20:1-10] speaks only about the empty tomb, the first moments of the realization of the Resurrection.  It dawned on the disciples Peter and John first by…

Easter Day – We rise in Him

   Alleluia!  Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today there is a spring in our step, a lightness to our eyes, our Lenten preparations are complete and we are ready to sing out with joy!  We hear church bells throughout the city.  If we held back our voices the very rocks would cry out! But we are so used to the message of Resurrection, can we imagine its impact to the first…

Easter – New Fire!

Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Last night we began in darkness and kindled the new fire – the Christ Candle is a figure of our Lord – the custom is very early in the Church’s history.  Even earlier than the Exsultet, a song that was sung in that darkness.  The words of the Exsultet are from the 5th century.  Imagine Christians continuing this custom – we celebrating, with an innumerable host of…

Easter Day – He is risen indeed!

Rejoice now, all ye heavenly legions of Angels: all high things that pass understanding: for the King that cometh with victory, let the trumpet proclaim salvation. Sing with joy, O earth, illumined with this celestial radiancy: and enlightened by the eternal God thy glory, believe and know thou hast put away the darkness of mankind. So likewise let our Mother, his holy Church, welcome the bright beams of light shed upon her: and let his…