A downside of having Roman Catholic
inlaws is that, because there are more of them that there are of us, invariably we end up having to go to Mass
on the high holy days. I'm dying for someone to tell me, "Christ is Risen!
" so I can respond, "He is Risen Indeed!
" I'm glad that Easter is a season, not just a one-shot deal like in American church.
I wanted to apply the Wilken test to the homily preached by the Deacon, but my daughter and niece both zeroed in on me for attention, so my notes are not the best. It certainly acknowledged the physical resurrection of our Lord Christ. The focus seemed to be on the eyewitnesses and us as the new witnesses to Christ's resurrection. There was a segue into talking about how 6 people had joined the congregation and they did so because those who were already a part of the church were witnesses that it was worth doing. There was a focus on continuing to be the kind of people that others are drawn toward, including being a merciful people, a kind people, etc. He contrasted a view of Easter as a celebration of budding and growing with the words, "New life is through, with and in our God."
He also discussed the return of joy, liturgically noted with the return of Alleluia.
Overall, clear affirmation that Christ is Risen. However, seemed to focus too much on the Church as those with the message rather what the message means.
A final observation: I'm always most struck at the emphasis on the "sacrifice at your hands" when I go to RC Mass.