Resurrection Matters

Resurrection Matters

Easter, 2016

The rituals and services of Holy Week have been about the liturgy of life—the rhythm of living and dying and living. Suffering leads to death but death does not win; hope triumphs. Life and love prevail. As we celebrate Easter I am drawn to reflect on why I need resurrection.

I need resurrection because it shines new light on everyday realities: it promises to make wrongs right; it transforms suffering; it heals brokenness. I need resurrection because it reveals God tirelessly working in all situations for good.

Resurrection matters. Resurrection gives hope for a better world. Resurrection shows how things were intended to be. Resurrection is a reminder that God’s promise for a better world happens when the way of love is chosen.

Resurrection matters. It should influence our thoughts; it should effect our actions. It should inspire the depth of our hope; it should empower our living with abiding love and exuberant joy.

Let us not be reticent to admit that we need resurrection. Let us not be hesitant to believe that resurrection matters. Let us say yes to resurrection; let us radiate the peace, joy, hope and love of God given to us in Jesus Christ. It can change us and it can change the world.

On behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, I wish you the fullness of resurrection today and every day.

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.