1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
This is the central tenet of our faith: that our Lord sacrificed himself so that all sins of mankind would be forgiven eternally. We celebrate that sacrifice and his Resurrection today — the day that death was conquered and an unbroken covenant with the Lord was established.
May all have a happy Easter today, in faith and in love.
Addendum: For those who want to add works to faith, the First Mate suggests the charity Feed My Starving Children. They work to get food to those in desperate need around the world, and she occasionally does volunteer work for this fine organization.