By Father Matthew Brumleve

On behalf of myself and our deacons:  Jim Koger and Mike Lewis,

Our Principal:  Kaci Monaghan.

Early childhood director:  Mary Ragan

Liturgist and financial coordinator:  Robin Lamb

Religious Education Director:  Jean Folken

Office Administrator:  Lisa Angotti –

And anyone else I may be forgetting about –

I wish all of you a happy and holy Easter!  We are glad you chose to spend part of your day with us here at St. Patrick – and hope you get to spend the rest of your day with family and friends:

Enjoying some good food, a little candy, perhaps an Easter egg hunt – but most especially just enjoying each other’s company.

The resurrection of Jesus calls us to NEW LIFE – and so may you find the strength and grace you need in this liturgy and in this Easter season – to be a witness to the resurrected Christ in your home, your place of work, here in the parish – and in your schools and neighborhoods.  And to this we say: ALLEULUIA!

It was Art Linkletter who first told us years ago – that kids say the darndest things.  And if we need proof of this – here are a few examples:

** An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him:  “Carl, how do you ever expect to get into heaven?”

The boy thought it over for a moment and finally said:  “Well, I’ll just run in an out //and in and out// and in and out – and keep slamming the door – until St. Peter finally says, ‘For heaven’s sake, Carl, either come in or stay out,’ —and then I’ll just stay in!”

**After listening restlessly to a long and tedious homily, a six year old boy asked his father what the priest did the rest of the week.  “Oh, he stays pretty busy,” his father replied.

“He takes care of Church business, visits the sick, helps the poor. . . and then he has to rest up.  You know — Speaking in public isn’t an easy job.”

The boy thought about that, and then said, “well let me tell you – listening in public—  ain’t an easy job either!”

** A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which the man was beaten, robbed, and left for dead on the side of the road.

She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would be drawn into the drama.

 Then she asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the  roadside all wounded and bleeding – what would YOU do?

A thoughtful girl broke the hushed silence by saying, “I think I would throw up!”

And finally, for any friends we may have from Minnesota – and I think we have a few — A little girl from the twin cities came home from Sunday school with a frown on her face and a real attitude. . .

“I am NEVER going back there anymore,” she declared.  “I don’t like the Bible they keep teaching us from.”

A little worried, the girl’s mother asked:  “Why not?”

“Because,” said the little girl, “the Bible THEY use is always saying St. Paul this – St. Paul that.  You would think that every once in a while –they could say SOMETHING about Minneapolis!!!”

There is a reason for telling such things on Easter Sunday – because I think above all else – Easter is a day for LAUGHING. . .

LAUGHING at the folly of the scribes and Pharisees and Roman officials — who thought they could silence the message Jesus was proclaiming – by silencing the messenger. . .

LAUGHING at the naiveté of the Pilate and the guards – who thought a stone – even a very big one – could contain the risen Lord.

LAUGHING at either the fear of the lack of faith on the part of the disciples that kept them hidden away – while women went to the tomb as the first day of the week was dawning.

LAUGHING perhaps even at ourselves who continue to think all of this is just too good to be true.

Yes, on Easter – we can laugh at darkness, laugh at sin, laugh at death, laugh at the power of evil:  BECAUSE JESUS HAS BEEN RISEN FROM THE DEAD!

LAUGH because the TOMB IS EMPTY – the long reign of sin and death have ended!

LAUGH because our salvation has been won FOR US – we don’t have to do anything to earn it!  

LAUGH for life is now perfected in Jesus the son!

AND OUR RESPONSE TO THIS CAN’T HELP BUT BE:

Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia! Happy Easter!