Sunday, April 20, 2014


I love to watch old movies from the 30's and 40's, and yet I am very much sobered when watching these movies because I realize that 99% or more of the people I am looking at in the movie, who seem so alive, are actually now very dead, and one day I will join them.  It is a a fact of life which cannot be negotiated in any way.

All of us live with the fear of death, our own death and that of those we love.   No matter how much happiness and satisfaction we may find in our lives, we know that one day it will all come to an end.

But today, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the victory over death. Jesus Christ has risen and conquered death and sin, and there can be no greater message. "You shall not die." St. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:55
“O death, where is your victory?
Where is your power to hurt?”
As Catholics, we celebrate the physical death of our saints because we know that is the day they entered into eternal life, into glory and eternal bliss in the presence of God.  It is Jesus Christ, the God Man who died a horrendous death on a cross and then rose to life who made this possible for us.  It doesn't matter how black our sins are, it doesn't matter what we have done in life.  If we are willing to coming to Our Lord and let Him cleanse our soul in His Precious Blood, we can be made whole and enter into True Life with Him.

Here is a very joyous, upbeat video which I think really expresses it well.  I have included the lyrics below:

Have a wonderful, happy Easter (which lasts all week long) as we celebrate the great victory over death.

For all the earth had trembled,
The sun had hid its face,
All the men that walked with him
Had turned and run away,
They crucified Our Savior,
And laid Him in a tomb.
The Life that once brought love and hope slipped away that afternoon.
Satan gleamed with pleasure that day at Calvary,
For he thought he had won a mighty victory.
And like him all of the demons of hell began to cheer,
Oh but little did they know that their end was drawing near.
Cause early Sunday morning just like Jesus said,
He broke the curse of sin and death and He rose up from the dead.
Now we have a new beginning in a Kingdom that has no ending. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!
Jesus Is Alive!
Death has lost its victory and the grave has been denied.
Jesus lives forever.
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!
He's the Alpha and Omega
The first and last is He.
The curse of sin is broken,
And we have perfect liberty
The Lamb of God is risen.
He's alive! He's alive! 
He’s the author and the finisher of our faith,
The Stone they threw away is the Cornerstone today.
Death has no more victory and the grave has no more sting.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!
Wonderful Counselor, A Mighty God is He!
The Everlasting Father, He’s the Precious Prince of Peace.
He’s the Word that lives forever.
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!

Oh Hallelujah!
Jesus is Alive!
Death has lost its sting, and the grave has been denied.
Jesus lives forever! He’s Alive!
He’s Alive!
He’s Alive!
Jesus is alive!

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