The Easter Sequence, read before today's Gospel, states:

"Death and life have contended
in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died,
reigns immortal."

We proclaim Jesus as the center of human history. He is not just one more great hero - like Ulyses who goes through harrowing experiences and comes out triumphant. Rather it is Jesus who gives meaning to all acts of heroism - whether great or small, noticed or hidden. I think of the people I have known in my years as a priest who have quietly born great sufferings. In Jesus their trials begin to make sense. He accepted the cross to redeem our human suffering.

Because of Jesus our lives are more than a series of events - some happy, some sad. Every human life is a drama with an eternal significance. At each moment you and I are each either drawing nearer to Jesus or pulling away from him.

I invite you during this Jubilee Year 2000 to come to Jesus, to be a real part of the sacramental life of Holy Family Parish. This faith community exists for one reason - to help its members realize their destiny: relationship with the Trinity in the Communion of Saints. At Sunday Mass we worship our Maker and draw closer to him. The Catechism ties our Sunday obligation with Jesus' Resurrection:

"Jesus rose from the dead 'on the first day of the week.' Because it is the 'first day,' the day of Christ's Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the 'eighth day' following the sabbath, it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ's Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord's Day - Sunday." (Catechism 2174)

May the Lord's fullest blessings come upon you and your loved ones on this day of his Resurrection from the dead.

From Archives (Easter homilies):

2009: Eternal Life Begins Now
2008: His Will Is Our Peace
2007: I Have Been Baptized
2006: Peering into the Tomb
2005: Transformation
2004: Ready for Combat
2003: Something To Live For
2002: The Weakest Link
2001: A New Identity
2000: Born Again!
1999: Why I Believe

Easter Vigil Homily 1998: "At the entrance was something like a small swimming pool with three steps leading down one side and three steps leading up the other. At the Easter vigil they were led into the pool. The priest asked..."

The Meaning of the Resurrection: "Forgiveness is the one new thing that has entered the world. Without forgiveness human history is bleak. Frederick Nietzsche the philosopher who stated 'God is dead,' thought the driving force of history is resentment..."

Other Homilies

Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C

One of our neighboring pastors, Rev. Gary Jensen of Shorewood Lutheran has written a nice pamphlet on the Evidence for Jesus' Historical Resurrection