Easter Reflection - Fr. Michael O' Grady

Dear friends. Easter celebrates the high point of the whole Liturgical year when we recall the redemption of the Human Race by God. During the days of Holy Week we follow Jesus step by step from the estatic welcome given him by the crowds on Palm Sunday, to the Supper on Holy Thursday, to the Crucifixion on Good Friday, and finally to the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. 
We invite you to join us here in the parish as we remember these days, when Jesus having loved his own in the world loved them to the end.
What went through Jesus mind during the days of that first Holy Week? I'm sure he felt every human emotion possible, everything that we ourselves feel. His story is not just the story of a wonderful miracle worker who lived almost 2000 years ago. His story is of a God who allowed himself to be taken by force, unjustly condemned, scourged, and finally crucified in between two criminals. When people ask us today where is your God, we need only point to the crucifix which as Pope Francis reminded us recently is not just a piece of jewellery. It is a symbol of the power of God who made himself sin to heal us. 
Good Friday is a day of prayerful remembrace, a time for us to be silent before the Cross. Words are no longer necessary. We need only remember those who carry the Cross today. 
On Easter Day we celebrate the Resurrection, we go with Peter, John, and Mary to the Tomb and discover that it is empty as it has been for the last 2000 years. In an old tradition it is said that the sun dances in the sky on Easter Day in pure joy at the Risen Son of God.
In Ireland many High Crosses are marked with a crowing cock which sings that the Son of the Virgin is alive. May we in our lives celebrate that truth anew. Christ is risen, yes He is truly risen. Alleluia, Alleluia!