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The Meaning of Easter: Beyond the Chocolate Bunnies and New Clothes


Fr. Joseph Esper - published on 04/01/15

Stories for Sermons, Vol. 2, #347).

Crown of Thorns (CC-Waiting for the Word)

Jesus seeks to work a similar miraculous transformation in our own lives, changing despair into hope, boredom or spiritual listlessness into excitement, dread into joyful anticipation, outer turmoil into inner peace, nagging doubts into fervent faith, sinfulness into holiness, and spiritual death into everlasting life.  Our sufferings can become the starting point of eternal joy; through Christ, we can rise phoenix-like from the ashes of our difficulties and failures into a new life of unending beauty and delight.  All it takes is our willingness to say “yes” to Jesus, allowing Him to be the Lord not only of eternity, but also of our daily lives.  He has conquered sin and death, and He invites us to share in His everlasting triumph.

Reverend Joseph M. Esperis a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Anchorville, Michigan. He is the author of numerous books, including Saintly Solutions, More Saintly Solutions, After the Darkness, Lessons from the Lives of the Saints, and Why Is God Punishing Me? In addition to Amazon, many of his most recent books are available through Queenship Publishing. This article was first published on Catholic Journal.

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