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Father Eric Hill: Good news: Christ has risen today
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“The Lord has Risen” is our Easter proclamation. It is not just the good news, it is great news.

The Church has spent the last 40 days preparing for this day. The last 40 days we call Lent is modeled after the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert prior to beginning his public ministry. For us, it is a time to prepare for the most sacred of days in the church’s calendar.

Last week, the church gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday, which reminded us when they welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as he walked to Calvary.

The time between Palm Sunday and Easter is Holy Week. They are sacred days reminding us of the walk from the entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper and then into the garden. Next, we move from the garden to the trial, scourging and crucifixion of Jesus. Finally, we move from the cross to the tomb and ultimately to the resurrection of Jesus and the empty tomb.

This journey is one we relive each year, because it is the one Jesus offered for us and our salvation. 

What does this journey means to us today? What journey are we on in our lives?

For many Easter is a time we may say, “We need to get to church.”

It can also be a time for us to renew our lives in Christ. It can be a time for us to reconnect with God in a whole new way.

We live in a world of turmoil, and it is ever changing.  Just watch the news on TV or in our own families. However, the one constant in our lives is God and God alone.

Today, he has risen! He has arisen in our lives and is ever present to us. May we take advantage of this season of great news.

Churches and pastors remain open and available after Easter has concluded, so we can continue our journey closer to God who loves us so much as to offer his own life for us. 

Happy Easter and Blessings to us all!


Father Eric Hill is the pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch. He can be reached at

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