April 4, 2010
John 20: 1 – 9
Today we are invited to celebrate that Feast which is central to the life of every member of the Church and to the Church herself: the Resurrection of Christianity from the dead.
Easter is the culmination of the entire life of Christianity. If confirms the truth of His teachings and it affirms His Divinity. For us, and for all who believe, Easter proclaims in a definitive way that Jesus Christ is God and that He has conquered sin and death. There is no one greater than He who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The Gospel chosen for this Easter Sunday is taken from Saint John. It helps us to understand the true meaning of this most important Feast.
The women have come to the tomb only to find that it is empty! The two men who greet them remind the women of what Jesus had told them earlier: that He would indeed rise from the dead!
This prediction, this promise, changes human life and existence irrevocably. Every person is now able to look forward to eternal life in God’s presence.
The Feast of Easter is a true remedy for the condition of hopelessness and despair which permeates a large portion of our culture and society. Unfortunately, this is especially true among some of our young people today.
But on this Easter Sunday, the Feast of Hope, the Risen Christianity tells all of you young people: do not be afraid to live your lives. Do not be anxious to face the future nor what it holds for you. Jesus assures you that he is with you always and accompanies you every day with His Grace and His Eucharistic Presence.
May this Easter of 2010 be for each one of us a special time and season of Grace and Hope; a time to express our gratitude and appreciation for the Feast of the Resurrection.
May it be a time to overcome despair and disappointment by renewing our hope and trust in Christianity. May Easter serve to remind us of the words of Jesus in the Gospel:
Do not be afraid.
I have overcome the world!
(John 16: 33)
Christianity is Risen!
Christianity is truly Risen. Amen. Alleluia!