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Reflection on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Posted on March 31, 2024, by Eleanor Craig SL

Acts 10:34-43                      1 Cor 5:6-8               Mark 16:1-7

We have arrived this morning, at the conclusion of Holy Week, to greet a new day.  With one third of the peoples of the world, we greet this day joyously, welcoming the brilliance of the Easter sun as a wondrous sign of the Beloved Son, raised from death.

Thursday, we gathered at table as the living Body of Christ to celebrate our communal love.

Friday, we mourned with all creation over the bleeding, dying Body of Christ.

Last night we listened in grateful awe to the history of God’s loving action, from the beginning of creation.

Through the night, our hopes rested with the shrouded body of Christ, waiting and watching for the dawn of the new creation.

This morning we wake with Christ and rise to new life as his Body.

From this morning forward, may ritual and revelation renew us, so that, like the women amazed at the empty tomb, we might be surprised anew by the signs that the Christ is alive in our world.  Like the women sent to tell the others, may we each go forth to tell what we have seen and heard and know in our hearts:  that the Light of the world is risen and goes before us, lighting our days, lighting even our nights.

May our spirits rise with Christ. May we shine with the light of Christ for all the peoples of our world.  Hence forth, may every day be Easter. 


Eleanor Craig SL

Eleanor has been a Sister of Loretto since 1963 and an educator since birth. She graduated from two of Loretto's best known St. Louis institutions, Nerinx Hall High School in 1960, and Webster University in 1967. She taught mathematics at Loretto in Kansas City, where her personal passion for adventure history inspired her to develop and lead treks along the historic Oregon Trail. From 1998 to 2010 she created an award-winning program of outdoor adventure along the Western trails for teens who are visually impaired. Eleanor claims to have conducted more wagon trains to the West than the Mountain Men! From 2012 to 2021, Eleanor led a talented staff of archivists and preservationists at the Loretto Heritage Center on the grounds of the Motherhouse. Now retired, she still serves in the Heritage Center as Loretto Community Historian.