April 9, 2023
by Steve Scholer
Creighton's University Relations
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The Resurrection of the Lord
The Mass of Easter Day
Lectionary: 42

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9

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Alleluia! He is Risen! Jesus died for our sins so that we might be saved.

For most of us, the joy in our hearts when leaving services on Easter Sunday is probably equal to the joy we felt when we married or experienced the birth of a child. If ever there were a time to use the word “transcendent,” Easter Sunday is it.
And so it is, our Lenten journey is over. Our 40 days of reflection, penance, purification, and renewal have come to an end. Christ died for our sins, he is risen, and we are saved.

But where will we be in the weeks to follow? Will we go back to wandering in our own spiritual deserts, lost in focus and purpose until the next religious holiday? Will it not be until Advent that we again devote as much time to strengthening our faith as we did during Lent? If so, then, quite possibly our 40-day journey was for naught.

Maybe Paul’s admonition in 1st Corinthians can help guide us in the weeks and months to come.

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

In Israel, as part of Passover, there was a weeklong Feast of Unleavened Bread, where all physical leaven was removed from homes, as leaven was historically associated with sin. Maybe following Easter, we would be wise to model this Jewish tradition.

Instead of searching for the leaven in our homes, let us continue to examine our relationship with Christ even more deeply, to look for the “the old yeast” that remains in our hearts, the smallest amount of which can pull us away from the people God wants us to be.

Maybe the “old yeast” is the anger we hold because of what someone said to or about us. Remove it, for it is the yeast of malice and wickedness.

Maybe the “old yeast” is the discouragement we feel regarding the unsettling political and social issues of our times. Remove it, for it is the yeast of malice and wickedness.

Maybe the “old yeast” is the resentment we have, because we feel our spouse does not love us as much as we love them. Remove it, for it is the yeast of malice and wickedness.

The lesson we should have learned from Lent is that we need to take the time each day to diligently search our hearts and look for the smallest bits of “old yeast”– yeast that continues to rise up in us as “malice and wickedness” – and purge it from our hearts.

So, let’s not let our faith and spiritual journey take a pause just because Easter is over. Rather, let us try to become a “fresh batch of dough” and continue our sharpened Lenten focus on our personal relationship with Christ and how we are living our lives so we might become the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear. And may Christ, Our Risen Savior, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide.— Author Unknown

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