Easter Sunday

AlleluiaHe lives again so we too can live! 

Easter, which is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, is the highpoint and cornerstone of our faith and all of our Christian life and ministries. Saint Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 15:17 lays out the importance of Easter when he says: "If Christ is not raised from the dead, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins."  

Today we celebrate the victory of the crucified Lord over sin and death. Of all the victories in human history, none has ever been so great, so universal in its effect, and none so everlasting in its consequences. This is the victory of life that we celebrate and in which we are called to share and participate. Jesus is raised from death to life so that all believers will share in that life with Him now and forever.

Pope John Paul II, in one of his Easter messages said; Being Christians means to share personally in the life of the resurrected Christ. And Pope Benedict XVI once said; Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus is risen and dies no more. He has made everything new, He has opened the door to a new life, and He has made our own resurrection possible. On the subject of Christ’s resurrection and our resurrection, Tertullian in the third century wrote: “Rest assured, through Christ you have gained your place in heaven and in the Kingdom of God”.

Faith in the resurrection of Jesus reminds us that there is a future for every human being who chooses to believe in the resurrection. In the risen Christ there is always hope for us.

Today as we begin the great Easter Season, let us continue to marvel before the graciousness and the lavishness of God and express our faith in Jesus and his Resurrection; and let us continue to meditate on the mystery of Christ's Resurrection through which we are all saved.

Pope Francis reminds us that the Lord is not yet raised for us until we recognize His presence among us and in all those we meet and serve especially our disregarded sisters and brothers. Today let us be Easter people who let Jesus become visible in them.

May you all enjoy a Happy and a Blessed Easter!

Fr. Anthonio Jean


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