Celebrating the Mystery of Faith
Easter Sunday
By Father William Tunarosa Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Crystal Lake
April 14, 2022
My dear brothers and sisters, the celebration of the Easter Triduum is the most important celebration of our Catholic faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the ‘Feast of feasts,’ the ‘Solemnity of solemnities,’ just as the Eucharist is the ‘Sacrament of sacraments’ (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter ‘the Great Sunday’ and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week ‘the Great Week.’ 
“The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to Him” (1169).
Easter is the proof that Jesus is our God because He died for us, and after three days He rose from the dead. Nobody has control over life or death but God.
Furthermore, Easter is the proof of the eternal love of God for us. 
St. Paul says, “Only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. 
“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us … We are now justified by His blood” (Rm 5:7-9).
It is wonderful for us to live every Sunday the mystery of God’s love in the sacrifice of the holy Mass, but every Easter celebration reminds us of more: we are called to live as risen people in Christ Jesus.  
St. Paul reminds us: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with Him in glory” (Col 3:1-4).
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