Our mission at St. Andrew Catholic Church is to become saints.
Following the example of our patron, St. Andrew, with humility we seek to:
Hear God’s call through the truth of the Catholic Church
Respond in love with acts of charity and mercy
Grow continuously through the sacraments and daily prayer and
Proclaim the Good News through our vocation.
Alleluia! He is Risen! Alleluia!
I wish you all a happy Easter and pray that these days will be filled with the joy of the resurrection. Having walked with our Lord for forty days in the desert and then to experience the agony and violence of the passion with Him during Holy Week, we have now received the news of the empty tomb. At first the disciples balked. They were so distraught from the death of Jesus that they couldn’t believe that He had risen. Even though He talked about it plainly and in figures, they still did not believe. The women had gone to the tomb with spices to embalm the body, not even thinking about the resurrection on the third day. It was to them that the mystery of the resurrection was first revealed. Mary Magdalen brought the news to the apostles and still they were incredulous even after seeing the empty tomb. It is to Mary Magdalen that our Lord appears first and yet she doesn’t recognize Him. She is weeping and still looking for His dead body. Thinking Him to be a gardener she asks Him to show her where the body is if He has taken it. Then Jesus says her name, “Mary.” At this she recognizes Him and replies, “Rabuoni, Master!”
Oftentimes the Lord presents Himself when we least expect it in the middle of our suffering, sorrow, and pain. Only with hearts open to hear the voice of the Master will we be able to recognize Him. St. Mary Magdalen is a wonderful guide for us in these Easter days. She is the apostle to the apostles. The one to whom Christ Jesus first revealed Himself as risen from the dead and He sends her to tell the others this good news. Having encountered Jesus risen from the dead we too are sent to share the Good News, His Gospel, to our friends, family, community, etc. He sends us out into the world to proclaim with our lives that we have encountered the living God, the risen Christ. May His life, peace, and joy fill your hearts.
Fr. Jack D. Shrum
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