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March 31, 2024: Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord

Gospel: Mark 16: 1-8

“When (Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of James) looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting at the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’”


Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!   He is among us as he said he would be. What a marvel! What a gift of greatest treasure!  Jesus abounds today in the midst of our present realities! 

The Resurrection of Jesus brings about a new dimension of human existence, going beyond death. Jesus dwells with us. The imminent coming of God’s reign has happened! It has been spoken of as an explosion of light and an explosion of love, and good news to be proclaimed.  This joyful news of Jesus with us is to be shared. Go. Tell.

Speaking of our sharing, Pope Francis reminds us that “by telling (the good news), we also repeat it to ourselves and somehow make it come alive again. If this happens for good news, every day or some important days, it happens infinitely more for Jesus, he says, who is not only good news, nor even the best news of life, no he is life itself, ‘the resurrection and the life.’”  We have heard the themes of love and light throughout Lent, preparing us for resurrection news and life in God more fully.


We share in many different ways: by words, attitudes, actions, interpersonal behaviors. As we do so we reinforce the messages delivered and they become more a part of our living.  Might the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus this year lead us to proclaim more light and love, living them again and again? Let us proclaim the meaning of Easter in our daily lives!  Rejoice! Live!

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Sister Barbara Sheehan

Sister Barbara Sheehan

Sister Barbara Sheehan, SP, a Sister of Providence since 1960, lives in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods after several years in Chicago, where she ministered as Executive Director/ACPE Supervisor of the Urban Clinical Pastoral Education Consortium, Inc. and as a spiritual director. She has extensive training not only in clinical pastoral supervision but also in care with those sexually abused, those challenged with mental illness and those suffering trauma. She has offered many workshops at regional, national and international conferences, is the author of Partner in Covenant: The Art of Spiritual Companionship and of numerous articles including one of her latest, Formation For Professional Practice: Addressing Social Hurts" in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, Vol. 34 2014.

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