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Alleluia Christ Has Risen - Running to Christ Jesus
Running to Christ Jesus
Running to Christ Jesus
Running to Christ Jesus
 
 
 

 
 

Mary Magdalene at the Tomb of Jesus Christ by Antiveduto Gramatica (1571-1626); 1620-22; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia;
www.wga.hu
 
 
Running to Christ Jesus
Easter Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap. based on the Gospel according to Saint John 20:1-9, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; April 1, 2018

Note: the audio begins with the Easter Sequence, followed by the St. John 20:1-9 Gospel Reading, and then the Homily by Fr. Tokaz

Christ Has Risen!

There is a lot of running going on in our Gospel this morning, Easter Sunday morning. Mary Magdalene ran to the tomb; and then the other two apostles after they had heard what she had said, they ran to the tomb. And one ran faster than the other. Running. Running. Why is everybody running? Because they had hope. And when someone has hope, the consequent gifts of being hopeful are excitement and enthusiasm and spiritual energy. And so Mary Magdalene, when she saw the empty tomb; the apostles when they heard what she had to say, their spirits were open. They moved out of the grief and they started to run to the light because there was hope; there was hope for them. There was hope for the world. Hope. There is a beautiful little acronymn for Hope. H. O. P. E. - However - H. Other - O. P. - Possibilities. E. - Exist. However - Other - Possibilities - Exist.

And when we have HOPE, don't we believe that - that it's not just what's right in front of us; it's not the difficulty in the day; it's not the pain that human life dishes out to us here and there and everywhere, as we walk through this human life on this planet. We don't stop there when we have HOPE. When we have HOPE we believe, however, that other possibilities exist. And it fills us with faith, hope, excitement, enthusiasm and optimism. And that spiritual excitement causes us to run, to run to the source of life, of light, of goodness; the source of HOPE, itself, God, Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

As Christian people, as Catholic people, we can't help but be hopeful all the time because we believe, we believe that this world is not the end of life. There is more. And there is more than what we see here and now. And there is going to be more when we leave this earth, this life for the next one. There is more. And that more is good. And that more is God. And if we believe this we can't stand still. We cannot stand still, believing that the power of God will have the last word, always and everywhere, no matter what; that the power of God is not confined to concrete things, to material things, to human things; that the power of God works with those and goes through them and brings us blessing; blessing that never ends.

If we believe this we have hope that other possibilities always exist in God. And that God will always have the last word. And that the goodness of God will always prevail and that that's what we celebrate on Easter Sunday; that's what we believe because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; and, this should cause us to run; to run spiritually every single day to the Source of all that Light and Life, of Hope and Love, Peace and Joy, of Goodness and Blessing - to run to that - with open hearts, and open minds and open souls, so that it can flood into us and overwhelm us and we can be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. And then filled with that Easter faith that we have every day, we can go into this world and we can confront the darkness. We can deal with the evil. And we can accept those things that we cannot change, knowing that God will change them in God's time, in accordance with God's will. And that will give us Hope.

Hope! The Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is all about Hope. This world of ours needs Hope, desperately, desperately. And it's my job and it's your job as baptized Catholic Christians to bring that Hope into this world because we have Jesus Christ in our hearts and in our minds and in our spirits. Who else is going to do this? And, it is our privilege to do this. Today, as we celebrate yet another Easter Sunday, let's ask God for the spirit to run, to run, with Hope, and joy, and gratitude toward our God, knowing that God has the solution. God has the answer. God has the power. God has everything we need and more besides, proven so beautifully to us in the Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Let's all run ... to Jesus Christ!



 
Running to Christ Jesus
Easter Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap. based on the Gospel according to Saint John 20:1-9, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; April 1, 2018

Note: the audio begins with the Easter Sequence, followed by the St. John 20:1-9 Gospel Reading, and then the Homily by Fr. Tokaz

Christ Has Risen!

There is a lot of running going on in our Gospel this morning, Easter Sunday morning. Mary Magdalene ran to the tomb; and then the other two apostles after they had heard what she had said, they ran to the tomb. And one ran faster than the other. Running. Running. Why is everybody running? Because they had hope. And when someone has hope, the consequent gifts of being hopeful are excitement and enthusiasm and spiritual energy. And so Mary Magdalene, when she saw the empty tomb; the apostles when they heard what she had to say, their spirits were open. They moved out of the grief and they started to run to the light because there was hope; there was hope for them. There was hope for the world. Hope. There is a beautiful little acronymn for Hope. H. O. P. E. - However - H. Other - O. P. - Possibilities. E. - Exist. However - Other - Possibilities - Exist.

And when we have HOPE, don't we believe that - that it's not just what's right in front of us; it's not the difficulty in the day; it's not the pain that human life dishes out to us here and there and everywhere, as we walk through this human life on this planet. We don't stop there when we have HOPE. When we have HOPE we believe, however, that other possibilities exist. And it fills us with faith, hope, excitement, enthusiasm and optimism. And that spiritual excitement causes us to run, to run to the source of life, of light, of goodness; the source of HOPE, itself, God, Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

As Christian people, as Catholic people, we can't help but be hopeful all the time because we believe, we believe that this world is not the end of life. There is more. And there is more than what we see here and now. And there is going to be more when we leave this earth, this life for the next one. There is more. And that more is good. And that more is God. And if we believe this we can't stand still. We cannot stand still, believing that the power of God will have the last word, always and everywhere, no matter what; that the power of God is not confined to concrete things, to material things, to human things; that the power of God works with those and goes through them and brings us blessing; blessing that never ends.

If we believe this we have hope that other possibilities always exist in God. And that God will always have the last word. And that the goodness of God will always prevail and that that's what we celebrate on Easter Sunday; that's what we believe because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; and, this should cause us to run; to run spiritually every single day to the Source of all that Light and Life, of Hope and Love, Peace and Joy, of Goodness and Blessing - to run to that - with open hearts, and open minds and open souls, so that it can flood into us and overwhelm us and we can be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. And then filled with that Easter faith that we have every day, we can go into this world and we can confront the darkness. We can deal with the evil. And we can accept those things that we cannot change, knowing that God will change them in God's time, in accordance with God's will. And that will give us Hope.

Hope! The Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is all about Hope. This world of ours needs Hope, desperately, desperately. And it's my job and it's your job as baptized Catholic Christians to bring that Hope into this world because we have Jesus Christ in our hearts and in our minds and in our spirits. Who else is going to do this? And, it is our privilege to do this. Today, as we celebrate yet another Easter Sunday, let's ask God for the spirit to run, to run, with Hope, and joy, and gratitude toward our God, knowing that God has the solution. God has the answer. God has the power. God has everything we need and more besides, proven so beautifully to us in the Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Let's all run ... to Jesus Christ!



 
 
 

 
 

The Disciples Peter and John running to the Tomb of Jesus Christ on the Morning of the Resurrection by Eugene Burnand (1850-1921); 1898;
commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 
April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord - Alleluia Christ Has Risen - Running to Christ Jesus, from a homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap.


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.