Easter A Time for Living in Fullness
What is Easter, if not the celebration of life. The word that we use in English is related to spring, a time in which everything comes to life. Of course, this relationship applies only to the north hemisphere in which the word used for this is Passover referring to the pass of the people from slavery to freedom in Egypt, and in Jesus the pass from death to life.
Easter in its meaning emphasizes the aspect of the resurrection of Christ which is to give life to everyone. It is precisely what we remember and celebrate; Jesus’ life given up for us, that we may have life in its fullness.
This is the time to reflect on the life we have received from Christ and to be grateful for the gift of his life. The life Christ offers is for all as our pope affirmed: “The Easter message of the risen Christ, a message of life for all humanity, echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees – including many children – fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice. All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance.” (Pope Francis, Easter Message).
In John’s Gospel Jesus says: I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10). The final reason of Jesus life among us is to give to us, to our life, a transcendental sense of living. With his resurrection, Jesus opened for us a new way to see life:
- That life has sense when we have a reason to live and a reason to die.
- That there is no greater love that gives one’s life for others
- That Death is not the end Love is stronger than death.
Christ’s resurrection shows us that all the difficulties and suffering of the present age will pass. Even when we experience all kinds of adversities while we live in this world, to us exist a promise of life without end exists. Jesus’ resurrection brings justice and consolation to every injustice and suffering committed against him in his life.
But resurrection’s justice is not revenge or hatred, but forgiveness and life to all. This dynamic is an exemplar of the way our God acts in our life. There is a promise on Easter for all of us. The promise is that the world, violence and death, don’t have the last word. It is God who has the last word, and his word is resurrection.
To all those tempted with anxiety and desperation, the resurrection of Jesus gives us a reason to hope in the power of God, and in the joy of the Gospel. Because the Christ life does not finish with death, but with life, an interminable life that because of the power of God everything will be transformed. For all of you is, it my sincere desire that you may live in the fullness of live you receive form the risen Jesus.
Happy Easter! He is alive!