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In Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Easter message from a couple of years ago he said, "If Jesus is risen, then - and only then - has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then He, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message, but in Jesus himself, for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, alive." I was touched by a couple of points in that message – one, that something new happened, something that changes humanity. That whole idea of resurrection put a whole new light on living and dying. But I think that point is something we have come to accept, or at least I hope we do. I hope that our faith truly believes in what we celebrate today, the Resurrection of Christ, which promises a resurrection for us all. The second point of his message that truly inspired me was the idea that if we believe in His Resurrection, then we can trust, not only in what He has taught us, but we can trust in Him, trust that He lives today, at this very moment. Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish theologian and philosopher, wrote about just such a thought when he said that God has loved us and loves us. “You have first loved us O God, alas. We speak of it in terms of history, as if you have only loved us first but a single time, rather that without ceasing you have loved us first many times and every day and our whole life through.” When we wake up, when we rise at dawn, when we rest, God is always first and thus forever. God has not only loved us first only once, but loved us, loves us, at every moment of every day. Therefore, Christ’s promise of life after death is not a past idea but an idea that is alive at this very moment. It is ongoing. I often speak of life as a succession of “now’s.” Each moment that we live gives us opportunities to live as Christ lived, but it also gives us moments to die as Christ died, and it gives us “now’s” to rise again as Christ has risen. When we lose someone we love we can focus on the past, and even possibly regret or feel incredibly saddened or burdened, by living in the past, or hoping that our loved one was still alive. But those thoughts keep us and our loved ones in the past instead of in the present where they are alive, as His Holiness said, “for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, alive.” We celebrate today that life is possible at every moment of every day. The moments that have passed are gone forever but the day today is ready to be lived. In the musical “Rent,” one of the songs sings: “There's only us, there's only this, forget regret-- or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.” On this Easter Day might we remember the words of Jesus, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me, even if they die, will live.” John 11:25 Hope & Peace.