My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia! He’s risen indeed! Alleluia! Christianity either stands or falls on the truthfulness of this single article of faith. “If Christ did not rise from the dead, then in vain is our preaching and in vain is your faith” (1 Cor 15:14). It’s this conviction that made St. Augustine say,“We are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our Song!”
The relevance and significance of Easter is conspicuous in the way it is celebrated. No other feast is celebrated with as much preparation, solemnity and duration as is Easter- fifty days of celebration from Lent to the Pentecost.
Christianity indeed reaches it crescendo in Easter. The whole of the Scriptures is a movement towards the Risen Christ. The Risen Christ is the final revelation of the mind and heart of God. In Him, God reveals love rather than hate, compassion rather than anger, non-violence rather than violence.
As He shows Himself to His disciples, the Risen Christ admonishes them for their lack of faith without insulting them. He chastises them without berating them. Peter who denied Him three times is given the opportunity to profess his love for Him three times. Our God is a God of the second chance!
The Risen Christ reveals that love is stronger than hate; that forgiveness is greater than revenge; that compassion is finer than criticism. The Risen Christ reveals to us a God who does not condemn, who does not convict and who does not judge.
He teaches us a new way of living that’s beyond victory and defeat, a way of becoming the victory instead of winning the victory. He shows us a way of bringing along our opponents with us. He teaches us not to hate or humiliate the other as that would be continuing the same pattern and reciprocating the violence
That is why the death and resurrection of Jesus is a new way that turns around the human history and gives us a new story line. Are you ready to take after the Risen Christ? What will be your new storyline?
Easter wishes and blessings!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. William Rosario