Friday, April 19, 2019
Easter


The resurrection witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is also important because it validates who Jesus claimed to be, namely, the Son of God and Messiah. According to Jesus, His resurrection was the “sign from heaven” that authenticated His ministry (M
atthew 16:1–4) and the proof that He had authority over even the temple in Jerusalem (John 2:18–22). The resurrection of Jesus Christ, attested to by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3–8), provides irrefutable proof that He is the Savior of the world.


Another reason the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important is that it proves His sinless character and divine nature. The Scriptures said God’s “Holy One” would never see corruption (Psalm 16:10), and Jesus never saw corruption, even after He died (see Acts 13:32–37). It was on the basis of the resurrection of Christ that Paul preached, “Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only the supreme validation of His deity; it also validates the Old Testament prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection (see Acts 17:2–3). Christ’s resurrection also authenticated His own claims that He would be raised on the third day (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). If Jesus Christ is not resurrected, then we have no hope that we will be, either. In fact, apart from Christ’s resurrection, we have no Savior, no salvation, and no hope of eternal life. As Paul said, our faith would be “useless,” the gospel would be altogether powerless, and our sins would remain unforgiven (1 Corinthians 15:14–19).


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Burundi Women's Choir

St. Leo's Burundi Women's Choir sings an anthem
as St. Leo's children receive their First Communion

May 26, 2013


St. Leo's Burundi Women's Choir sang and danced in prayer at the January 1, 2013 World Day of Peace mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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        Daily Reflections 


What Are We To Do?

St. Leo's has a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to explore the Catholic faith from the comfort of your own homes. Our Lady of Visitation parish is sharing their account with Formed.org which gives St. Leo's parishioners access to various video series, audio books, Bible studies, small faith group resources and more. To use this exciting online resource, simply go to Formed.org, enter the parish code : 7EK9BQ (it is case sensitive) and set up your own personal account. 

The Strangers We Meet

Painting in the vestibule of St. Leo's

The work of the late Fr. Jim Hasse, SJ, “The Strangers We Meet” depicts Christ breaking bread at Emmaus. Instead of more traditional representations, it depicts Christt as a man of African descent, sitting with people of various ages and from various ethnic heritages. All the models were St. Leo parishioners.

“Fr. Jim captured spiritual life in his works, revealing the sacredness in everyday people and everyday actions,“ says Fr. Josephh Folzenlogen, SJ, who lived and worked with the priest painter at Claver Jesuit Ministries in South Cumminsville (OH). “Jim’s paintings were mirrors in which people could see their own beauty.”

Models for the 2004 painting were Timaya Smith (the child in the foreground), Amy Egan, Darnell Edwards, Ivy Peppers, and Rick Nohle.

“Since Jim used people from the parishes and neighborhoods where he worked as his models, the paintings were not just images,” says Fr. Joe. “They were connections with people he loved. Those people were also his children.”

St. Leo parishioner Stephanie Sepate describes the painting as “a beautiful remembrance of purpose” in every life.

“In the upper left of our painting is the figure of the angel by the tomb of the Risen Lord, and the women running to share the news,” she says. “What a beautiful remembrance of purpose in each of our lives — we are not really strangers to each other but we are all one universal family in our life’s journey.”

Fr. Jim Hasse, whose paintings appeared in several publications and are held in private collections, including the art museum at St. Louis University, died in 2011. Most of his paintings are of biblical subjects and feature African-American people he worked with. To see several galleries of his works with associated reflections, click here.

A New Life

Michelangelo sculpted the Pietà in 1498–1499,    taking less than two years to complete. His depiction of the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion on the rock of Golgatha is one of the most famous pieces of sculpture known by so many across the world.

Showing the "religious vision of abandonment and a serene face of the Son", Michelangelo did not want his version of the Pietà to represent death, but rather a representation of the communion between man and God through Christ’s gift of life.

For the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Vatican loaned the Pietà for installation in the Vatican pavilion. A conveyor belt moved people, who stood in line for hours, past the sculpture. It is housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.

Several decades ago, St. Leo was gifted with a beautiful representation of the Pietà in memory of the Schuchart Family. Over the years, the wear and tear, fragments of the more fragile areas of the statue cracked or missing, and chipping paint called a friend of the parish to totally refurbish our Pietà. To repaint it with its former colors would have shown the flaws; it was decided to paint it all one color, especially in keeping with the make-up of our parish—all one people. After months and months of prayerful restoration, our Pietà finally came home, quite appropriately, the day before Ash Wednesday.

As we celebrate Holy Week and Easter, we are grateful for Michelangelo’s reminder of the ultimate gift in our midst. The St. Leo Pietà has been given a new life; let us all celebrate a season of renewal in our own lives as Lent ends and as we rejoice in the hope and joy of Easter’s Alleluias!

- Stephanie Sepate


Easter

From Fr. Jim:  April 21, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
April 21, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
21 de abril de 2019 

(Spanish translation)  

An Easter Greeting:  Alleluia! The Lord is truly risen!  His grace and peace be with you all.  I extend to you the Lord’s blessings for a very happy and holy Easter.  May you see how dying with the Lord also means rising with him.  May you come to see how resurrection has the final say in our lives and may Alleluia be the song that is always on our lips and in our hearts.  Have fun in these Easter days.  Learn to live life to the fullest.  Be thankful because grace abounds in Jesus Christ.

An Easter Reflection:  As signs of spring become evident, we rejoice in the new and risen life the Lord gives to us all.  We are greatly blessed to be children of the Resurrection.  We rejoice, too, in the new life we are able to give each other in the Lord’s name as the Body of Christ.  We have been made anew in order to live as Christ’s body.  We are, indeed, happy and blessed.  What’s new with you after your Lenten journey and after doing works of penance, prayer, fasting and giving alms?  How is this a Happy Easter?  Can you see signs of resurrection and grace? In yourself? In others? In the world?

We pray so well:  Holy week is the greatest week of prayer for the church.  I thank everyone who contributed to the wonderful, deep and intense prayer of this past week.  It is a time for all of our liturgical ministers to use their gifts well, to share their faith with us, and to lead us deeply into the paschal mystery.  Bravo to the lectors and Eucharistic ministers who bring the Lord to us in word and sacrament.  Our choirs and musicians are so dedicated and faith-filled.  Thank you for leading us in song.  Ushers and servers always get a workout.  Thanks for your diligence and hospitality.  Thanks to all who helped clean and make our church so beautiful.  Special thanks to the assembly for becoming so engaged in the prayer.

Welcome:  One of the signs of Easter that I appreciate the most is the people who gather with us for our liturgies.  Whether you worship with us each week, or you are a visitor, or you have returned from school, or you are here because it is Easter, a special welcome to everyone.  We are happy and blessed that you can be here to celebrate this solemn and wonderful feast.  To all of our visitors, please come back and pray with us often.  Congratulations to all who were initiated into the life of the church last night at our  Easter Vigil and all the Vigils throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and to all those from other parishes for whom we have been praying.


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Rev. James R. Schutte, Pastor
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