Year C – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – March 30, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Psalm 136:1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 24-26 or Psalm 136:1, 3, 16, 21-23, 24-26; Genesis 1:1 – 2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a; Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 (R/. 30) or Psalm 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20-22; Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 (R/. 1); Exodus 14:15 – 15:1; Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18; Isaiah 54:5-14; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Baruch 3:9-15, 32 – 4:4; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R/. John 6:68c); Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Psalm 42:3, 5, 43:3, 4 (R/. 42:2); Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Luke 24:1-12

Tonight brings us to the great climax of our paschal celebration, as we light the new fir symbolizing Christ, the light of the world and listen to the great hymn of praise and exultation.  The story of salvation begins with the account of Creation, followed by the story of Abraham’s willingness to trust God to be provider and promise-keeper.  God’s powerful delivery of Moses and his people follows.  Then, the voices of Isaiah, Baruch, and Ezekiel speak until we come to Paul’s reminder of our baptism into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection to new life.

Finally, we hear the words of two men in dazzling garments, bringing a new world into being, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but he has been raised” (Luke 24:5-6).  This night offers a symbolic chorus proclaiming God acting to bring all creation to new life.  Each time we hear those four words, “He has been raised,” we are challenged to believe.

Do you believe?  If so, will you renew your baptismal promises?  We do this, not alone, but as a community, giving courage to each other.

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