RESURRECTION

There is only one message of Easter: “He is alive.” This is the major feast of our faith: the Resurrection of the Lord, the greatest of all mysteries. Belief in the Resurrection is not just acceptance of the fact that Jesus died and came to life, but it also recognizes the power of God.

In the same way that Jesus was raised from the dead by the hand of the Father, we also will be raised to new life. Our belief in the Resurrection opens the door to a new world, a world that is after this life and is also a continuation of this life. This belief also inspires and moves us to live in a different way.

With His Resurrection, Jesus gave us an understanding that this life is not all that there is. There is another, the life that Jesus by His Resurrection has won for us; in this way He changes the way we view our existence. Yes, he changed the way we live and the way we die. Resurrection is a message of hope, a message of victory. It is a powerful message that is telling us that in spite of the difficulties and sufferings of life, we are assured victory: In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).

The message of Easter is not complete if it remains only a theological message about the crucified Son of Man who now lives. It also extends to us the fullness of its effects in a spiritual way. Jesus gives us His own life that we can live in Him and through Him. Even death can be defeated by the power of God. This mystery gives meaning to the whole life of Jesus: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain” (1 Cor 15:14).

The mystery of the Resurrection has the power to transform us, to transform our lives. We see in the gospels and other New Testament books that the Apostles are not changed by the preaching or miracles of Jesus, but by his Resurrection from the dead. In the same way we are called to be transformed by the light of the resurrection, to became people of the God who is alive.

To this mystery we sing Alleluia, a praise that “resounding in the Church as she makes her pilgrim way through the world, expresses the silent exultation of the universe and above all the longing of every human soul that is sincerely open to God, giving thanks to him for his infinite goodness, beauty and truth”. (Benedict XVI).

As we said in the beginning, He is alive, He walks with us. Look with faith in your life and you will see the power of His life in you, when you live as a resurrected people. Have a Blessed Easter!

-Fr. Sergio