The Easter Feast is a 50-day celebration, preparing the way for Christians to recount the birthday of the Church on Pentecost, June 9 this year. It is on this day we find the disciples and the Blessed Virgin Mary waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

In these days, where are you? Are you still in the tomb of disbelief, confusion and sorrow? Are you on the way to Emmaus, downtrodden and wondering what just happened? Or are you at home with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, recounting the wonders of her Son and basking in the awe of the Resurrection? Where are you and where is your heart as we have sung the great Exsultet: “the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.” Are you awaiting the Morning Star who never sets, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever? Or has the Easter season come and gone and now you’re back to your former way of life?

I hope not, for we are invited to be glad and rejoice. Rejoice in the creation made by our God, our Messiah, our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Resurrection is why we are called Christians. It is why we follow Jesus Christ, because he did what he said he would do, he was to suffer, be crucified, die and rise on the third day. Our Lord is a Risen Lord, he is alive yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever. Brothers and Sisters, in this time when Easter gives way to Pentecost, please take a few moments to recall the Resurrection Gospel readings. Listen to the witness of a motley crew of fishermen who the leaders and scribes referred to as “uneducated” and “ordinary men.” Yet they were also referred to by those same church elders as “companions of Jesus.”

Are you a companion of Jesus? Do you follow the way of Jesus or the way of the world? St. Mark sums up the Resurrection in only a few verses in Chapter 16:9-15. He points out these facts: Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. He appeared in another form to two walking on the way to the country. “But later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised.” He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

And that is our battle cry today as Christians. Wherever you are in your walk of faith, look to the cross and to the One who was raised from the dead, the one who makes all things new. Embrace his Word and spend your life living out his command – to go out and make disciples of all nations. Alleluia!

Hale is an adult convert to the Catholic Church as well as a Catholic speaker and emcee for Catholic parishes and faith communities.