Jesus did not rise from the dead so that we could give each other Easter baskets and chocolate eggs! He died so that we could receive mercy and forgiveness. Mercy is the fruit of the Resurrection. When His mercy is accepted, we are re-created anew. The Resurrection is applied to our souls. But it isn't an automatic "Jesus died and I'm saved." No. We must actively accept His mercy...
If your faith is fed by these homilies, would you kindly consider helping support the Basilica? We have big goals and little in the way of resources. Your support would mean a lot. https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/the-source-of-all-hope/
-- Fr. James