Meeting the risen Christ today

April 25, 2023 in News

Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday, and the church celebrates it as a single joyful feast, known as the ‘Great Lord’s Day’. It is “one of the most exciting times” in the liturgical year, according to Fr Luke Macnamara, a Benedictine monk from Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture who was formerly a medical doctor.

In this interview from our Religious Network News archive he talks to Marie Stewart about Eastertime and how it is a privileged season for believers that offers many gifts to us for sharing.

He begins with Easter Sunday morning and the gospel reading of Mary Magdalene visiting the empty tomb. Fr Luke emphasises how Mary is the first witness to the resurrection and that she was known as the Apostle to the Apostles. This was a singularly important gift he says, adding that she can be a symbol of hope for the greater inclusion of women in the Catholic Church.

He also explains how the Easter message is one of privileged access to the risen Christ for all peoples in all times, not just for the disciples who encountered him after his resurrection.

Click here to listen to the full interview » posted originally in April 2020.