Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
Well, Holy Week and Easter are behind us. They were certainly great at St. Martin’s. It was good to have the church open and 24 people with us on Easter Sunday.
We all love to celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. One of the questions, that was asked in the early days of the Church was what actually rose from the dead. Was Christ raised as a spirit or in human form? The Gospels after Easter answer this question. In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter, we see St. Thomas and Christ saying to him, "see my hands put your finger into the mark of the nails, see my side put your hand into my side". This was put into the Gospels to show that the risen Christ is in human form. Also, we see Christ by the sea eating with the Disciples. Spirits do not eat. Did you ever see Casper the friendly ghost eat? To all, this is to show us that the risen Lord is in human form.
The risen Christ being in human form is of great importance to us. Let me explain why. Back at Christmas, I said to pay attention to what is to happen to Christ is of direct importance to each and every one of us.
As Christ was born a human so were we. As Christ died so will we. Christ was raised from the dead as a human so will we. Lastly, as Christ ascended into heaven as a human so will we at the end of time.
May 13 this year is the Feast of the Ascension when Christ with His humanity went up into heaven. As Christ’s humanity went up to heaven so will ours when God, at the end of time, will bring us into heaven in the new creation
Yours in Christ