Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Beloved in Christ, on Good Friday we heard the story of the suffering and death of Jesus. This morning we are told that Jesus who died on Good Friday rose from the dead. This is unbelievable; that someone should die and come back to life again. This is indeed the day the Lord has made. Therefore I have chosen ” A DAY TO REJOICE” as our theme for this sunday. For just as Christ has won, we know that in Christ we shall also overcome the world.
Beloved, today is a day to rejoice for our faith in Christ has been vindicated, truth has won over falsehood, justice over injustice and tragedy has turn into comedy (cf 1Cor 15:14). We are therefore celebrating the fact of death not being the end of the story, for there is the more important chapter, that is, the chapter of the resurrection. Hence, tragedy and pain are not the end of our story as Christians but joy and celebration because of Christ.
Beloved in Christ, the Resurrection of Christ also reminds us that truth is immortal and thus a call on us not to give on the truth as well as justice. And in the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, truth is not determined by a majority vote. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was not simply for God’s glory but for the human race who are in need of it. The Resurrection has therefore created hope for our present and future existence.
Beloved, what we are celebrating is not just the empty tomb but it main content. Therefore, faith in the resurrection is to change the way we live our ordinary life. Also as Christians this celebration offers us hope against despair and it also gives hope to those who have lost it.
My dear friend, it is worthy to note that the “alleluia” which we sing during this period is a Hebrew word and it means” praise ye the Lord”. And it is our attempt to give a verbal expression to our joy and gratitude for all that God has done for us. Hence, for St. Augustine we are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song. It is therefore clear that if we are mindful of what God has done and what is in store for us, we will never be ungrateful.
Beloved, let us therefore thank God for Easter and for all that it means for us.
This has been Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for Easter sunday.
May God richly bless you.