@The Priest
Ismael Gonzales


Happy Easter!

We actually celebrate Easter over a one week

period- but it often feels like just one day.

The resurrection is such an important event

that one day is not sufficient for

celebration. We need a week to celebrate our

jubilation over our Lord. We celebrate

Jesus' victory over death. We celebrate

Jesus' victory over envy. We celebrate the

victory of love.

When Mary Magdalene went to Jesus' tomb, the angel said, "He is not here. He is risen.

Do not look for the living among the dead.

Even the rose has flowers and thorns.

Peter and six friends went from Judah to Galilee. One night, they went fishing. They

worked all night but had not caught any fish. Then they heard a voice from One on the


Jesus said, "Do you have something to eat?" They replied, "No". Then heard, "Throw your

nets on the right side of the boat, you shall surely catch fish. " They did so and caught

so much that the nets were filled so that they could barely pull them in. The disciple

whom Jesus loved called out, "It is the Lord." Upon hearing this, Peter gathered his clothes

and jumped into the lake. John 21:5-7.

Peter forgot about the boat and the fish. Hearing it was the Lord, he hurried to meet Him.

The Lord was of utmost importance to him. He forgot everything else. At that time, the

disciples had not thought Jesus was so close. Jesus had prepared a meal for them. One

disciple suspected that Jesus was angry for at the Last Supper, the disciples had deserted

him. Even Peter had said three time, "I don't know Him." Regardless, Jesus made no mention

of this and did not blame anyone. Jesus is Lord FOR us.

Paul had said, "Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and

for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and

through whom we live." Cor. 8:6.

For Us, through The Resurrection, Jesus is worshipped as Lord. He is the Lord of life and

death; the Lord of the present and the future. In the church, there is no Lord but Jesus.

When we receive baptism, we proclaim and believe that Jesus is Lord. We offer our lives

to Jesus. We walk thru life as a disciple with Jesus at our side. The risen Lord lives for

us today in the Eucharist. He speaks to us thru the Scriptures. We speak to Him thru prayer.

Matt 28:20.

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