Celebrate "Little Easter"

The celebration of Easter reminds us  that God lives and lives with us. Yet, as the joy of the celebration fades, we may feel distant from our loving, living God.

In fact, we can renew our Easter joy every week at Mass on Sunday - our “little Easter.” It’s a great place to find God.

The Priest. During Mass, the priest is not acting on his own but in the person of Christ (“In Persona Christi Capitis”). Bishops and priests act In Persona Christi when they offer Mass, forgive sins, preach on behalf of the Church, and perform other acts of shepherding and teaching. So we find God in the priest.

The Word. Much of what goes on at Mass comes directly from Scripture – the prayers we say together, the hymns we sing, the readings, etc. Since Scripture is the inspired word of God, we can find God in his Word.

The Eucharist. What starts as bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Christ. So we meet God in the consecrated Eucharist.

The People. When we unite to praise God, we are his Church. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). So God is there when we worship with others at Mass.

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