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Sunday, April 05, 2015

He is risen!

24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words,
And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
- Luke 24:1-12

Many wondrous things have come, and will come, to pass. But none is more wonderful than this, the empty tomb.

The everyday battles in which we find ourselves engaged are nothing more than ripples and reflections of this, the one true battle, the centuries-old war between the Prince of this world and the Son of Man. Contemplate how dark and hopeless everything must have looked to the apostles, and to women like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, after the Crucifixion. So when things seem dark and hopeless, when you feel outnumbered and alone, when you look at the barbarians rampaging inside the gates and despair at what the future will bring, remind yourself of two things.

The tomb is empty. He is risen.

Happy Easter. 

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Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein April 05, 2015 7:21 AM  

Happy Easter to Vox & family, the Dread Ilk and various lurkers/trolls.

Anonymous Salt April 05, 2015 7:50 AM  

He is risen.

Happy Easter all.

Anonymous trk April 05, 2015 7:59 AM  

Risen indeed. Happy Easter

Anonymous farmer Tom April 05, 2015 7:59 AM  

He is risen indeed!!!!

OpenID simplytimothy April 05, 2015 8:00 AM  

This is the good news.
Glad tidings to all.

Anonymous Jeigh Di April 05, 2015 8:01 AM  

He is risen indeed.
Notice that women are the first witnesses.

Anonymous Toby Temple April 05, 2015 8:02 AM  

Happy Easter to Vox, his family, and to the Dread Ilk!

CHRIST IS RISEN!!

Blogger Cee April 05, 2015 8:05 AM  

He is risen!

Happy Easter to all.

Blogger Fred Simpson April 05, 2015 8:05 AM  

As I went out to feed the sheep and new lambs this morning I witnessed a fading full moon fall toward the western horizon. To the east all the while a glorious sun was rising in all its brilliance.
Hallelujah!

Anonymous Johnny Rebb April 05, 2015 8:07 AM  

Amen! Happy Easter!!!

Anonymous Difster April 05, 2015 8:16 AM  

All else seems unimportant by comparison. Today is a day of rejoicing.

Blogger Josh April 05, 2015 8:24 AM  

The tomb is empty.

Anonymous LES April 05, 2015 8:25 AM  

1 Peter 1:3-7
Let us thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through His loving-kindness that we were born again to a new life and have a hope that never dies. This hope is ours because Jesus was raised from the dead.  We will receive the great things that we have been promised. They are being kept safe in heaven for us. They are pure and will not pass away. They will never be lost.  You are being kept by the power of God because you put your trust in Him and you will be saved from the punishment of sin at the end of the world.
With this hope you can be happy even if you need to have sorrow and all kinds of tests for awhile.  These tests have come to prove your faith and to show that it is good. Gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire. Your faith is worth much more than gold and it must be tested also. Then your faith will bring thanks and shining-greatness and honor to Jesus Christ when He comes again. 
He Is Risen

Blogger Manach April 05, 2015 8:27 AM  

A special time of year when we come together at mass prompted by faith and God's grace to re-new baptismal promises in this time of rebirth.

Anonymous H2 April 05, 2015 8:29 AM  

Happy Easter to us all.

Google's homepage has no special graphic today. Not even some colored eggs. The fight is just beginning.

Anonymous Erik April 05, 2015 8:29 AM  

Verily, He is risen!

Blogger JDC April 05, 2015 8:32 AM  

“It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we live in a city without walls.” (Epicurus)

Christ has destroyed the wall of death. In Him dwells the fullness of God who is eternal life. Christ has given us the definitive answer to death this day.
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Blogger dw April 05, 2015 8:32 AM  

He is risen!

Anonymous philip April 05, 2015 8:33 AM  

. . . He is risen indeed

God bless all the Ilk.

Anonymous Daniel April 05, 2015 8:39 AM  

He is risen indeed.

The original and only best day ever.

Blogger slarrow April 05, 2015 8:43 AM  

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

Anonymous Quartermaster April 05, 2015 8:46 AM  

Happy Resurrection day to all!

Blogger Mad Dok Rob April 05, 2015 9:01 AM  

Christ is risen, hallelujah!

Anonymous Darth Toolpodicus April 05, 2015 9:02 AM  

Amen! He is Risen!

Anonymous Ecthelion April 05, 2015 9:10 AM  

His Risen Indeed!

Blogger Franz Lionheart April 05, 2015 9:23 AM  

For the holidays, I'm visiting my parents in my birth town in Bavaria.

We celebrated Easter mass in the main church of the town. (And what a beautiful baroque jewel it is - funny how, growing up as a boy, you don't notice the greatness right in front of you; well, you just take it for granted.)

Church was packed; obviously Easter has better attendance than ordinary Sundays; but today even the balcony was packed. Christmas is still much more crowded, certainly. But people learn, and seem to adapt their behaviour as they feel is urgently necessary. There appears to be a visible renaissance of devoutness - people kneel at the right times; strike their chest. Observing that, I followed suit; my wife followed me; the children, her.

Not just the building and the devout body of the Church, also her representative organisation, presented herself gloriously as the occasion demanded; two priests, one deacon, no less than twenty (20!) altar boys (half of them being girls - yes in Germany, that's formally allowed by the bishops, and hey, it's good and ok and it works!). And the two lead guys knew how to swing the incense chalice, to enshroud us all in a good dose of holy smoke.

The little town has, since around the time I left it couple decades ago, managed to put together a solid choir with an orchestra. Quite a large choir and medium sized orchestra; all of them having been packed in betweeen the great traditional altar and the more sober modern (Vatican 2 type desk-style) altar, behind the large body of church reps. So the altar space was as packed as the church ships were.

The priest alluded to Easter's deeper meaning of the seemingly everlasting fight between Death and Life in his preaching; he explicitly mentioned the suicide of Andreas Leibniz murdering 149 people along with himself; he mentioned terminally ill people who run from one doctor to the next, all in the ultimately futile hope of receiving a wonder drug or wonder treatment; he mentioned people choosing to drown in hedonism, or in hysterical activism to vainly attempt to scrap together some meaning for their shortening life. He left other, less superficial, meanings implied; but it would become clearer soon.

The whole service took just over two hours; playing what the Germans know as Paukenmesse. Except that Joseph Haydn originally named it Missa in tempore belli; Latin for the Mass in times of war. Surprisingly, my (and most other families') children were so engrossed by the music that they remained attentive and well-behaved right until the very end (yes, my pretty little daughter asked me towards the middle, "Papa, when's it finished?" But that was before one of the choir ladies sang her beautiful Sporano solo).

Before blessing and dismissing us, and whilst thanking the musicians, the chief priest explicitly referred to the original Latin name as "Mass in times of war", and how it ties in with the topic of his preaching; the fight of Death against Life. I guess the more observant amongst us understood his unspoken implication; the terrorist act of Andreas Leibniz as a metaphor for our much more direct, cultural and actual, contemporary struggle with the Religion of Death and Terror; the false and futile belief in the omnipotence of the medical profession to symbolise the evil of the Death-worshipping euthanasiasts and abortionists; his ridicule of hedonism and of activism to refer to the vacuous celebration of sexual deviance, and to the meaningless vanity of SJW'ism and similar pseudo-causes, respectively. A mass in the times of war, indeed!

The final message of course being that Life will ultimately
dominate Death, Light shall overcome Darkness. And Easter being the symbol and annual reminder for this our firm belief.

Onward, Christian Soldiers! Happy Easter Vox, the whole Ilk, your families, and all people of good will on Earth! (Not to forget all those who preceded us through death and resurrection.)

Happy Easter.

Blogger Hd Hammer April 05, 2015 9:36 AM  

Happy Easter Vox, family and Ilk. Keep spreading the word.

Anonymous Ain April 05, 2015 9:41 AM  

My cousin's in need of prayer. She's fighting for her life from sepsis.

Anonymous Aeoli April 05, 2015 9:53 AM  

Can do Ain.

Happy Easter, all.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet April 05, 2015 10:13 AM  

The holidays alway remind me how long I've been on this blog and how I've learned much. Happy Easter, Vox, Ilk, and all.

Wherever you are and whatever you face, I hope this message lifts your spirit and gives you strength.

Anonymous Valiant April 05, 2015 10:22 AM  

Happy Easter to all.

Anonymous MendoScot April 05, 2015 10:34 AM  

The tomb is empty. He is risen.

Happy Easter to all the Ilk.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2015 10:35 AM  

He is risen indeed. Happy Easter to Vox, his family, and all the Ilk.

Blogger Franz Lionheart April 05, 2015 10:43 AM  

*Andreas Lubitz, not Leibniz. D'uh!

Anonymous Roundtine April 05, 2015 10:47 AM  

Have a blessed Easter, everyone.

Anonymous Jeanne April 05, 2015 10:48 AM  

The Tomb is empty. He is Risen! Happy Easter to you all!

Blogger Silent Cal April 05, 2015 11:20 AM  

He Arose!

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother April 05, 2015 11:28 AM  

Franz, is Christianity making a resurgence where you are in Bavaria?

Anonymous Crusader Corim April 05, 2015 11:29 AM  

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Remember that gates are a defensive structure. Christians are called to be on the attack, so today with the resurrection of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ, make your assault and the gates of hell shall indeed not prevail.

Blogger Mint April 05, 2015 11:32 AM  

He is risen.
As I celebrated Paskah ( or pesach) at 5 a.m early morning for the first time today, I imagined how the women hurrying to the garden tomb, determined to give Yeshua proper burial. Ah, what they found there turn their desolation into exaltation. An empty tomb. He is risen indeed.
I also remember another graveyard scene of my own the week before last. I read the names of almost 200 people (women, children, men young and old) died on the same day, trapped in a burning church during one of the most bloody religious conflict in Indonesia. Nothing but silence there. Almost look like death mocking me with his power. Today I am reminded that Son of Man has beaten death. No matter what it feels like in this war we keep on fighting. He has won. He is risen indeed. Amin

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey April 05, 2015 11:35 AM  

Happy Easter, Vox.

OpenID simplytimothy April 05, 2015 11:44 AM  

@ain

Praying.

Anonymous jay c April 05, 2015 11:45 AM  

Slain from the foundation of the world, He is raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Baruch Hashem!

Anonymous Lee Hwang April 05, 2015 11:45 AM  

Happy Easter.
Thanks for your writing Vox. You opened my eyes to a lot of lies and bs, and give me a strong inspiration model.

Anonymous HardReturn¶ April 05, 2015 11:50 AM  

Thanks Vox--appreciate the annual Easter reflections. He is risen indeed. The Truth would not and will not stay buried in a tomb. A joyful Easter to you and the Ilk.

Blogger Iowahine April 05, 2015 11:52 AM  

Lord, may Your will be done in the life of Ain's cousin and family, and may this event be used to bring You glory. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen

Anonymous Porky April 05, 2015 11:56 AM  

Happy Easter, VD.

Blogger Beefy Levinson April 05, 2015 11:56 AM  

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.

Anonymous TheVillageIdiot(Ret.) April 05, 2015 12:00 PM  

HE is risen....
WE ARE NOT FORSAKEN!

Promise fulfilled....

GLORIOUS NEWS?

or does it feel more like a threat or a warning?

DannyR

Blogger JDC April 05, 2015 12:03 PM  

Ain, Prayers for your cousin.

The empty tomb couldn't console Mary.
The angelic messengers couldn't console Mary.
It was when Jesus called her name that she was able to see.
Let us declare with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, so Christ will too call us by name.


Today we run. We run to our brothers and sisters this Easter day and join Mary's proclamation, "I have seen the Lord!"

Happy Easter to Vox and the blessed ilk. (Although in MI it was snowing this morning, so I felt like saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Easter).

Merry Easter!

Anonymous bloody barbarian April 05, 2015 12:03 PM  

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!!

Just got back from our Easter service -- it's a Glorious Day! Happy Easter to you and yours, Vox, and all the Ilk.

Anonymous mistaben April 05, 2015 12:04 PM  

My feelings are tender this glorious morning. May the blessings of the empty tomb rain down upon the beautiful Dread Ilk and theirs families.

He is risen!

Anonymous mistaben April 05, 2015 12:12 PM  

*their

Franz, thank you.

Ain, praying.

While I'm here, I ask for prayers as well. After three perfect babies, my wife and I have suffered three miscarriages. There is no obvious medical reason for them. She's once again pregnant, and we'll deeply appreciate your prayers that we may raise this child.

Anonymous mistaben April 05, 2015 12:15 PM  

My first comment disappeared.

May the blessings of the empty tomb rain down upon the beautiful Dread Ilk and their families.

He is risen!

Blogger Brad Andrews April 05, 2015 12:16 PM  

Amen

Blogger Brad Andrews April 05, 2015 12:16 PM  

Amen

Anonymous N5 April 05, 2015 12:24 PM  

Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!! Happy Easter, Ilk.

Anonymous Didas Kalos April 05, 2015 12:24 PM  

Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Blessed Assurance!! I believe that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and that he is sitting at the right hand of the Father even now, making intercession for us!

How do I know? By revelation from the Lord, like everyone else. I choose by his grace to believe it!!

Blogger ajw308 April 05, 2015 12:34 PM  

Happy Easter to all the Ilk & Vox.

Never forget that He has risen & you are redeemed.

Ain, prayers sent.

Anonymous clk April 05, 2015 12:41 PM  

May God deliver us from wicked and evil people... for not all have faith.



Blogger J Curtis April 05, 2015 12:42 PM  

Got to attend Easter service today at an ELCA church in St Thomas, USVI. Interesting. Heavy emphasis on music-traditional hymns. Kind, welcoming, beautiful people.
Happy Easter to all. He is risen indeed :)

Anonymous Curlytop April 05, 2015 12:42 PM  

Prayers sent for those who requested them.

Three words that epitomize hope: He is Risen!

Blessed Resurrection Day to all!

Anonymous Sheila April 05, 2015 12:56 PM  

A blessed Easter to Vox and all here. Christ is risen indeed!

Anonymous Andrew Spooner Jr. April 05, 2015 1:08 PM  

Happy Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread as well.

Anonymous A Visitor April 05, 2015 1:23 PM  

There was just something about this morning, driving to 7:30 Mass, the way dawn approached, compared to the rain we had on Friday, how I've NEVER seen 7:30 Mass fill nearly all the pews (and this is the parish where I graduated grade school only 14 years ago in May). Our pastor gave a great homily on how we may seem to be in Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday due to events in our lives and to always remember there is Easter. He is Risen! Happy Easter to all the Ilk!

Anonymous Godfrey April 05, 2015 1:52 PM  

Love conquers death.

Anonymous Stingray April 05, 2015 2:10 PM  

Happy Easter, dear Ilk.

Anonymous Dikaios_Rik April 05, 2015 2:13 PM  

He is Risen indeed! Halleluia!

Anonymous SGOTI April 05, 2015 2:24 PM  

If you look all around- mass shootings of Christians in Kenya, chaos in the Middle East, pilots crashing their planes, political strife and dissolution here in Murrica- we live in a pretty Good Friday world. But keep the faith for the Easter to come.

And as an aside: eff Google backwards and forwards. At least MSFT has Easter eggs and a variety of links to their meaning and usage/creation on their landing page. It's milquetoast, but a step. I'll "Bing" for answers from now on.

Anonymous Giuseppe April 05, 2015 2:53 PM  

Thank you Vox.

...remind yourself of two things.

The tomb is empty. He is risen.


It's the part I am struggling with. But, as is my nature, I always sense a thing before I know it or can even describe it to myself. There is something true and important in your words above. My brain may take some time to figure out exactly how/why/which way, but reading the last sentence before your wish of good will has done something. It has at least made me aware of where my focus has been wanting. Where my doubt still lies. I do not yet know how to explore this, but I will. The patience of a hunter means I cannot do anything but eventually figure it out.
Thank you for this post.

Blogger Desiderius April 05, 2015 3:18 PM  

Christus Victor

Praise be to the Father.

OpenID luagha April 05, 2015 3:39 PM  

And, in the drought-stricken land of California, we have a blessed rain on Easter Sunday.

Anonymous Mr. A is Mr. A April 05, 2015 4:19 PM  

"He is Risen!" Both Peace and Resolve knit together so simply and beautifully. Prayers raised as asked; we go to visit a recovering friend in the hospital. A Blessed Easter to All.

Blogger Vincent Castrillo April 05, 2015 5:19 PM  

Is it just the dork in me that always gets the triumphant music from Dune playing in my head when this is read out at church????

Anonymous Zion's Paladin April 05, 2015 5:21 PM  

The stroke of the Master.

One can only imagine the heartbreak and the despair felt by His disciples after His crucifixion.

And then came this day. And in the space of a moment heartbreaking defeat was turned into glorious victory. The tomb could not hold Him. Death could not stop Him. Hell cannot conquer Him.

For Jesus is risen.

Prayers sent for those who requested it.

And Giuseppe, here's a verse to keep in mind:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matt 7:7-8

May God illuminate your path.

Happy Easter Ilk.

Blogger Kallmunz April 05, 2015 5:26 PM  

Praise the Lord He is risen, and in this we have victory.
I love last comment, it reminds me of my friend Todd. Todd today is the pastor of the Chicago House of Prayer, back in the day he was the best player I ever saw. He could walk into a popular bar and announce to the crowd that the party can start now as he entered, now anyone can try that but he could pull it off, I was always amazed at how he dominated a room.
Anyway, he gives me too much credit for his conversion but it is wonderful to have him as a brother. When I would get depressed he would throw arm across my shoulder and say:
"Come on dude, I read the back of the book, we win."
Things are going to get bad, the same of true for the Apostles as they faced their deaths, but they knew He had risen. The victory is ours, He gave it to us.
Happy Easter to Everyone!

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2015 5:27 PM  

> My cousin's in need of prayer. She's fighting for her life from sepsis.
> ... and we'll deeply appreciate your prayers that we may raise this child.

Prayers on their way.

> The tomb is empty. He is risen. ... It's the part I am struggling with.

How many simple fishermen do you know who turn into liars who tell lies that they know will get them killed, Giuseppe. And yet if you don't believe hum, you have to assume that's what happened with Peter. And he was only one of 11. They all told the same story, even under threat of death.

Blogger Franz Lionheart April 05, 2015 5:54 PM  

(My apologies for answering belatedly. Spent the day with the family, AFK.)

Franz, is Christianity making a resurgence where you are in Bavaria?

I live in London now, and am only visiting my parents for the holidays. So it is hard to say for sure. Also this region has traditionally been strongly Catholic.

Having said this, I believe that yes, it does. The church appeared fuller than I remember customary for Easter. Now I may be misguided by 2 effects : We have several church buildings in our only little town. However, due to the lack of priests, and due to the fact that people drive much more rather than walk than they used to, the church organisation has combined several parishes and mass times. Hence individual mass celebrations might be better attended. Secondly, when I was younger, I would visit the Easter night mass at 5AM, because it's cool. With wife and children, one of them a girl, and the boy a teenager by now, I struggle to convince them. So today, the more regular mid morning mass it was (and beautiful due to the concert as described); I presume it's also better attended than the hard core 5 o'clock.

But I still would claim to feel a Christian resurgence : how the ordinary burghers act in mass. In the 1980's and 90's, it was all "modern" ; several people sitting through the entire service as if it were protestant. Today, all kneel without exception at the right times, strike their chest at the accurate time - something I've only seldom seen, even as a boy, and then only from really old folks ; today, from middle age down to teenage youth.

Less kumbayah, you might say, more traditional ritus. Less rock guitar and everyone welcome, more Missa in tempore belli.

And the main priest wore his traditional hat - again never seen this as a boy, except in American Italian mafia films, as I have been born after Vatican 2.

All rather encouraging. Onward, Christian soldier!

Blogger Franz Lionheart April 05, 2015 6:04 PM  

Franz, thank you.

Why, you're very welcome.

Am praying a Vater unser for your youngest unborn child, and your wife.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown April 05, 2015 6:11 PM  

He is risen, indeed. Happy Easter.

Anonymous Ain April 05, 2015 6:14 PM  

Thank you all for your prayers. We lost her today to Meth. People in recovery need to guard their sobriety with their life, literally. She relapsed, and it was for the last time.

Anonymous mistaben April 05, 2015 6:47 PM  

So sorry, Ain. May the reality of Easter comfort your family.

Anonymous The Spy April 05, 2015 7:05 PM  

He lives.

Blogger Six April 05, 2015 7:19 PM  

Amen Vox. Happy Easter to you all.

Anonymous Beau April 05, 2015 7:28 PM  

Христос воскрес!

Anonymous Anonymous April 05, 2015 8:01 PM  

He is risen, indeed!

Anonymous Jeromus April 05, 2015 8:11 PM  

He is risen. Happy Easter!

Anonymous zen0 April 05, 2015 10:48 PM  

I am watching "The Greatest Story Ever Told" with Max Von Sydow as Jesus.
Highlights the fact that people actually had to exert themselves walking around.

On the other Channel is the "Ten Commandments" with Charleton Heston. One is a local channel, one is a national network.

Guess.

Blogger The CronoLink April 05, 2015 10:53 PM  

I know for sure my Redeemer is alive!

Blogger glad2meetyou April 05, 2015 11:04 PM  

Truly He is risen! Happy Easter all!

Anonymous zen0 April 05, 2015 11:11 PM  

Charlton Heston is John the Baptist in this movie (The Greatest Story Ever Told)

Kind of appropriate.

This was 1965.

After that, eveyrthing went to hell.

Anonymous BoysMom April 06, 2015 1:03 AM  

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter to the Ilk, and we invite you to rejoice with us on the occasion of our eldest son choosing to be baptized today.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza April 06, 2015 5:02 AM  

Happy Easter everyone

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