It is a great joy to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, especially after forty days of Lent that culminate in our remembering His death.
There is also great joy in recalling that neither Jesus’ death, nor ours, is our final destiny, but rather eternal life in God’s heavenly kingdom.
In the circumstances in which we found ourselves today, however, perhaps it is hope that is the Easter virtue and gift that may mean the most to us.
Hope enabled the Beloved Disciple to consider the possibility of resurrection at the empty tomb, and hope enabled Mary Magdalene to recognize Jesus when He spoke her name, and hope enabled Peter to profess love even after denying Jesus three times.
As many people experience worry, fear, illness or anxiety, my prayer this Easter is that hope will enable us all today - and throughout this season - to recognize God’s presence in our midst no matter what may be a source of darkness or difficulty in our lives.