John Connelly


Easter Sunday – April 20, 2014
Acts 10.34, 37-43 | Psalm 118 | Colossians 3.1-4 | John 20.1-18
April 14, 2014

Jesus is risen! This is the sacred cry of the Church in this holy season. We celebrate the reality that Jesus has overcome death so that we might all have eternal life.

The question we need to ask ourselves is – Is Jesus risen in me? Is he alive in me today?

Jesus wants to take us all from our tombs of fear, unbelief, and sorrow and raise us to a new life. A life of limitless, unending love.

This is why St Paul asks the question, do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? (2 Corinthians 13.5). Think about it. Meditate on this during the Easter season.

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above. - Colossians 3.1

'If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.

Colossians 3.1

Jesus wants to rise in us, to be alive in us, to live his life of love in us. Jesus is living in us right here and now.

The real crisis in the Church today is the lack of recognition of who Jesus is in his people. We fail to truly grasp who Jesus is this moment in our lives.

  • The Saviour lives in you and me.
  • The great priest, prophet and king lives in you and me.
  • The Lord and King of all lives in you and me.
  • The healer and friend of sinners lives in you and me.

How can we even begin to grasp the treasure that we carry in us? It should lead us to cry out with all the saints, Jesus is risen! Right here and now he is alive. And he wants to live this moment in me and you.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read these stunning words, "All Christ's riches are for every individual and are everybody's property" (n. 519). All Christ's riches are yours and mine.

So why do so many Christians live as though Jesus has not given us all his riches? I think it's because we forget who we are.

We forget that we are beloved sons and daughters of God. We forget that in each one of us is the hidden treasure of Jesus himself. We only need to realize in prayer he is present right now.

Again, the Catechism: "To pray 'Jesus' is to invoke him and call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and gave himself up for him" (n. 2666).

All too often we strive for what is our free inheritance through Baptism and faith. We do not have to earn God's love. It is freely given to us every day. We do not have to strive to make Jesus present, but simply to recognize he is continually present. Present in the Word. Present in the sacraments. Present in you and me.

Yes, truly Jesus is risen. So this season let us allow Jesus to live more fully and frequently in you and me.

Jesus, thank you for living this moment in me. Teach me to accept my calling as a beloved Child of God. You are risen. Alleluia!