Your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Col 3:3
Have you heard the saying, “History is his story”? Well, that’s exactly what salvation history is: the epic story encompassing all of God’s dealings with humanity. Every year, the Church proclaims anew several key chapters of this sweeping story. For instance, you can imagine Advent as the story leading up to the birth of Jesus. And Lent follows him on his journey to the cross. Today, we begin another chapter: the season of Easter. Yesterday Jesus lay entombed in death—but now no more. He is risen, and a new story is about to unfold! Great stories have compelling characters, and today’s readings are no different. Plunge into the first reading, and listen as Peter gives witness to the resurrection. In the second reading, picture Jesus as Paul described him to the Colossians— sitting beside his Father in heaven’s court. Then immerse yourself in the Gospel. Race alongside Peter and John to Jesus’ tomb, and catch your breath as you lean on the stone that has been rolled away. Jesus is risen, and the Spirit has been poured out. And so the story continues to advance through you. Not only did he forgive all of your sins and save you from death, but he is also inviting you to be a part of history, the greatest story ever told. He is placing you on the cutting edge of salvation history and asking you to write another page in this glorious chapter. Let’s welcome him in so that our lives can become a moving story of his love and his grace.