Easter Reflection, by S. Lorraine Gies, OSF

alleluiaFirst Reading: Acts 10: 34a, 37-43
Second Reading: Colossians 3: 1-4
Gospel: John 20: 1-9

How can we do anything but shout ALLELUIA, as our mantra on this Easter Day, this Easter Season!  If ever there was a mantra to keep one mindful of our Easter Feast, Easter Joy, Easter Hope, Easter Savior, it would surely be “ALLELUIA, HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD!

In our first reading, we can imagine Peter exclaiming the word as he said, “We are witnesses of all that He did…ALLELUIA!”  And Paul in our second reading, “Seek what is above, ALLELUIA!”  While reading the seven sentences in John’s Easter Gospel, it seems fitting to proclaim ALLELUIA at the end of each sentence.  If we focus on that one single, solemn ALLELUIA, in prayerful repetition, surely our spirits will be raised.  As St. Augustine says, “We should be Alleluia people from head to toe”!

O Risen Savior…Alleluia.  We give you praise…Alleluia.  With immense gratitude we sing…Alleluia, Hallelujah!

S. Lorraine Geis OSF

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