Today, we are thrilled to go with Mary Magdalen
as she finds her crucified Master now risen from the tomb
where she had expected Him to stay.
With the Apostles we are amazed as our risen Lord
takes food again in His pierced hands, filling us
with peace as He sends us out to tell all the world
about His mission of mercy from the Fathers.
We feel more bonded to the risen Jesus as He cooks
a fish breakfast for us back on the shore of Lake Galilee,
and we join with a humbled Peter as he exclaims,
“Lord, You know that I love You.”
With better understanding of Your being “lifted up”
on the cross as the way You returned to glory with the Father,
we now ask You, Lord Jesus, to draw us more fully into
Your friendship, peace and happiness of Easter.
Inspire us to be witnesses to You,
the conqueror of death itself and the Lord of life.
Help us to bring something of Your limitless compassion
to those suffering today as war victims, refugees,
the hungry, and the sick.
May we be inspired to share with them
the unshakable happiness of Easter people.
— By Columban Fr. Christopher Baker