In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks). Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death. Because it is hard to believe, the Lord Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of the holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.
The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus
You are my God, and I will exalt you. (Ps. 118:28)
Psalm 150 (alternate)
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Ps. 150:6)
Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, is coming
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ