“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Humanly speaking, it would be difficult for any of us to say, let alone sing and proclaim, the Responsorial Psalm for this Easter Sunday, 2020. Still amid the world-wide coronavirus, how can we rejoice and be glad?
We do so, because we are people of faith, a people who believe that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. ( Romans 8:38-39)
This Easter Sunday is different. Our church building may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined, and His Gospel is not distant from us. The heart of the Risen Lord remains open to every one of us. Even though we cannot physically gather together at St. Vincent de Paul to worship our Risen Lord, each of us can seek Him in the tabernacles of our own hearts as we worship Him in our homes.
Recall the words of prelude that was sung before the Liturgy of Palm Sunday: “There is strength in the name of the Lord; there is power in the name of the Lord; there is hope in the name of the Lord Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord.Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, is Our Strength, Our Power, and Our Hope! And so we proclaim: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”
Fr. Peter Puntal & Fr. John McCracken
P.S. We encourage everyone to step outside your home on Easter Sunday at 8:00 pm, with a lit candle and say The Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father”). Jesus is our Light during this time of darkness. May His light shine through us, and unite us together in faith, hope and love.