Hannah and the Triumph of Easter

My dear Brethren,

As we travel through Eastertide we will continue on Sundays with the great proclamation: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!  The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Eastertide ends with the feast of the Ascension held forty days after the resurrection. Our Gospel lesson last Sunday moves our gaze from the empty tomb to the Ascension as Jesus foretells, “… because I go to the Father.”  It is holy Hannah’s song that proclaims unequivocally the power of the Gospel in the exalted Christ with the final line declaring, “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.”

The theme of Messiah noticing the poor and downcast and bringing justice is a central feature of the Song and a constant refrain throughout Scripture. The triumph of Easter will be realized and lived out in every age in through the Church, through you and me.

May God bless us this day to be full of Easter joy, to personally know His triumph over sin and death, and find grace to do good to all men as He gives us means and opportunity.

Eastertide blessings,

Fr. Wayne

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