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    Volume 94 March 2016 Issue #3

    Christ is Risen, Alleluia

    Most Rev. Anthony Mikovsky

    Prime Bishop

    (Continued on Page 3.)

    We have now completed the season of Lent and have

    come to the point that is the true focus of our faith,

    the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and

    Savior, Jesus Christ, from the dead. The Romans had

    thought that they had crushed the hopes of this small

    movement within Palestine as they had done with

    others. Even the disciples were downtrodden and

    fearful thinking that their Master had been killed and

    their own lives now in danger. But something

    awesome happened on that first Easter morning. The

    words of Scripture from St. Johns Gospel tell us of

    the event, but even the apostles then didnt entirely

    understand it.

    Early on the first day of the week, while it was still

    dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw

    that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So

    she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other

    disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,

    They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we

    do not know where they have laid Him. Then Peter

    and the other disciple set out and went toward the

    tomb. The two were running together, but the other

    disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He

    bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings

    lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter

    came, following him, and went into the tomb. He

    saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth

    that had been on Jesus head, not lying with the linen

    wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the

    other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went

    in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not

    understand the scripture, that He must rise from the

    dead. (John 20:1-9)

    We see in this Scripture, especially with St. John, the

    beloved disciple, a combination of non-

    comprehension but also strong belief. This Scripture

    reading has always moved me because I feel too that

    it is the position in which we often find ourselves.

    We do not fully understanding the mysteries of our

    Lord, but at the same time we fully believe that Jesus

    is the Lord of heaven and earth and the long awaited

    Messiah. We have faith and can see and know the

    actions of the living Jesus in our lives, but we may

    not entirely understand it all.

    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ says one thing to us

    and says it in no small way. Jesus is Lord. He

    rose from the dead. He was and is victorious over sin

    and death. He now lives a transformed life that will

    not end. Throughout the rest of the Church year we

    will have the opportunity to work out all that this

    means for us as Christians and for the world as

    undergoing the new creation, but the day of the

    Resurrection calls for us just to take it all in and be a

    witness to the joyous celebration. This day, Jesus

    has returned to us as Risen Lord and Savior. This

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    Volume 94, Issue No. 3 3

    (Christ is Risen, Alleluia - Continued from Page 1.)

    day Jesus is finally to be recognized as Lord of the

    world and Messiah of Israel. This day sin and death,

    those most fearsome of enemies, is conquered. All

    these things happened on that morning. The

    disciples then were witnesses and we today are

    called to be witnesses of these things just the same.

    When we consider the power of the Resurrection, is

    it any wonder that after encountering the risen Lord

    Jesus, the disciples were no longer afraid but began

    to go out into the world and proclaim that good

    news? Is it any wonder that those disciples who

    once feared for their very lives all went to a martyrs

    death proclaiming that Jesus has conquered death?

    If we are to be the same sort of witnesses today, we

    too need to worry less about what others might think

    and say about us and rather focus on the power of

    the Resurrection of Jesus as they did.

    Something truly awesome happened on that first

    Easter day and it was there Jesus was truly risen.

    The disciples witnessed the empty tomb and

    encountered Him in a variety of times and places.

    As Polish National Catholics we have the

    opportunity to encounter Jesus in Word and

    Sacrament and in the worshiping community which

    is the Body of Christ and each of us His members.

    As strongly as the first disciples proclaimed that

    Jesus had been risen from the dead, we too can and

    must proclaim that Christ is Risen. He is Risen, In-

    deed.

    These words should be always on our lips as faithful

    members of the Church. And more importantly they

    are to have an effect on our lives. We cant just

    proclaim that Jesus is Lord and Savior and then go

    back to living our lives in whatever way we please.

    If Jesus is our Lord and has beaten sin and death for

    us, then certainly His way of life and living must be

    the way that we follow; if not, there is a horrible

    inconsistency, or worse yet hypocrisy, to our lives.

    The fact that Jesus is alive should have a part in

    every decision that we make, every action we take

    and every thought we think. If we are followers of

    Christ we must take on that attitude of St. Paul who

    tells us in Galatians 2:20: It is no longer I who live,

    but it is Christ who lives in me.

    So my brothers and sisters, let the words ring out

    strongly from our lips on Easter morning, throughout

    the rest of the Easter season and beyond. Christ is

    Risen. He is Risen, Indeed. But more importantly

    let us proclaim that He lives through our actions of

    love, mercy and kindness and let others know that our

    Christian faith and Christian life is a reflection of the

    living Christ.

    Christ is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed

    Easter Greetings from the staff of Gods Field.

    Controller: Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky

    Editor: Julie Orzell

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