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Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014)
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The gospel reading for Easter day places us at the empty tomb with Mary of Magdala, Simone Peter, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. It is interesting that the author does not name the other disciple whom Jesus loved has John, who we all assume is that person. Of course, tradition would also support the idea that the beloved disciple is John.
However, a close analysis of the text for the Gospel of John reveals that the beloved disciple is never named throughout the entire manuscript. There is a purposeful reason why the beloved disciple is not named. That reason, regardless of whether historically he was indeed John, is intended for our spiritual engagement. We are supposed to place ourselves in the story as the beloved disciple because we too stand at the entrance of the empty tomb. Most of us are not mystics like Paul who had the privilege of seeing Jesus in the full glory of the resurrection; as a result, we must stand at the empty tomb and make a choice on whether or not we will believe in the resurrection.
Independent of the bible, historians all agree that Jesus was a historical man who preached to the people, was crucified unjustly, and His tomb was found empty. The fact of His resurrection is beyond the ability of historians to deal with or understand academically. Historians cannot accept the possibility of the resurrection in the first place, because such an event is beyond history, physics and world. The resurrection is a divine and eternal reality. The academic discipline of history only studies the physical nature of the mortal world; academia does not include the transcendental or metaphysical realities of faith, even if those realities are manifested in the world. God is more and does more than can be studied by human academic disciplines. Fortunately for us, we were created in the image of God allowing us to understand more and to be aware of the divine realities that the Lord manifests in the world. We are both body and spirit giving us the potential ability to live in the world and experience through faith the transcendent reality of God.
So, as people of faith, we stand at the empty tomb with a choice. Are we are going to be the beloved disciple accepting in faith the fact that Jesus rose from the tomb? By choosing not to believe, we reject the possible gift of eternity with God. If we choose to invest ourselves in the resurrection, we will be elevated beyond the claws of death to the divine life with God in eternal bliss.
Fr. Luke Jauregui
Inspired by Saint Pius X, the parish takes to heart his motto: “To restore All Things in Christ”.This is grounded in personal renewal, parish renewal and in community renewal. The parish celebrates this by actively participating in Eucharist worship, prayer, the Sacraments, promoting social justice and providing a variety of forms of Catholic education available for all members. We are proud of our economic, cultural and age diversity. We share our gifts and resources to live the Gospel of Jesus in a spirit of joy.
St. Pius was born on June 2, 1835, at Riese in the Diocese of Treviso, Italy. Named Joseph Sarto, he was the oldest of eight surviving children of a poor family. He was educated in his home town before he began studies for the priesthood at the seminary in Padua, in 1850. He was ordained on September 18, 1858, at the cathedral in Castelfranco. He was named Bishop of Mantua on November 19, 1884. On June 12, 1893, he was created a cardinal. Ten years later, August 4, 1903, he was elected Pope and crowned on August 9, 1903... [ Click Next ]