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Romans 6:3-11
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4 or
1 Corinthians 5:6-8

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the easter offensive

"Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." —Romans 6:4

Alleluia! Jesus is risen! The stone is rolled away! The tomb is empty! "Jesus Christ, our King, is risen. Sound the trumpet of salvation" (the Exultet).

The Lord of life has decided to destroy Satan's culture of death right now on this Easter Sunday, in this Easter season. Our risen Lord has had it with abortion, racism, war, starvation, contraception, and other injustices. He has decided to get several hundred million Catholic Christians in hundreds of thousands of locations throughout the world to stand up to Satan and publicly reject Him and all his works and promises in this culture of death. This massive mobilization of Catholic Christians to launch a major offensive against Satan is called the renewal of the baptismal promises.

Many of you may doubt that this is some of what happens when we renew our baptismal promises. We renewed them last year and in previous years, and nothing seemed to happen on a grand scale. Yet how many Catholics actually knew what they were doing in renewing their baptismal promises? How many took this seriously? Maybe there's much more power in the renewal of the baptismal promises than we have ever experienced or imagined. Let us renew our baptismal promises not in "corruption and wickedness" but in "sincerity and truth" (1 Cor 5:8).

Prayer:  Father, make me an extremely effective witness for the risen Christ (see Acts 10:41).

Promise:  "Do not be frightened. I know you are looking for Jesus the Crucified, but He is not here. He has been raised, exactly as He promised." —Mt 28:5-6

Praise:  Praise the risen Jesus forever! "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad"! (Ps 118:24) Alleluia forever!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, August 18 8, 2004

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 23, 2004