“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is risen.” – Alleluia.
Today we are commemorating a unique event, unparalleled in history. Nothing like this has ever been heard before Christ or after Christ. Lazarus was raised by Christ from the dead, but he died again. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to die no more. He has risen from the world of the dead, with unearthly splendor and glory. Today we celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness, goodness over evil.
Our Blessed Lord has conquered death; now he reigns in glory. He has redeemed us by paying his blood as the price. He became obedient unto death, death on a cross. Therefore the heavenly Father raised him from the dead and gave him a name above every other name.
The fact of the Resurrection seems to have been revealed in stages. We have first the empty tomb, then the angels and finally the Risen Jesus himself. The narratives of the Resurrection thus begin with the sorrow of the women, move to amazement and end in great joy. We can imagine the tremendous confusion that would have filled the hearts of the disciples when this event first dawned on their consciousness. The impact was dramatic and life-transforming, and their ‘readiness to lay down their lives reveals the depth of their faith. The Resurrection of Jesus was their own Resurrection, in a special way, since it filled them with life and energy. Jesus may have come out of the tomb but the apostles had to come out of their cocoons. Through the Resurrection, they received the power to finally understand the scriptures and initiate their mission. We realize that the Lord’s Resurrection is the guarantee of the resurrection of the dead.
Dear brothers and sisters, we are an Easter people. We belong to the Risen Lord. May he grant you a most blessed Easter. May the Risen Lord fill your hearts and homes with his peace and joy.
Action : 1. Do one act of kindness today and do it secretly. 2. Visit a friend or loved one whom you have not seen for a long time.
– Fr. Elias D’Mello, Parish Priest