By Bishop Guy Sansaricq
Acts of the Apostles 10, 34-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9
Alleluia! Rejoice! We are celebrating today the greatest event of history! The rock pushed aside by the builders has become the cornerstone of the New Temple; the Lamb once slain is now seated on the throne of Glory. Jesus has broken down the shackles of death. He is risen!
The good news is not for Jesus alone. He is the head of a body. His victory is also ours if we believe in Him, if we choose to enter into a COVENANT with Him; He is the new Adam, the Father of a new race, the race of the elects, the father of redeemed mankind, the father of all who through faith, repentance, baptism, penance and communion wash themselves clean in the blood of the Cross.
The meaning and power of EASTER far exceeds human imagination. Like Mary Magdalene, Peter and John we simply have to “and believe.”
Happy Easter to all who today receive the sacraments of the Church with a pure and sincere heart!
Happy Easter to those who renounce evil and commit themselves to newness of life, who reject all the “dead works” they used to indulge in order to be born again to justice and selfless deeds of mercy!
“Let us therefore hold unwaveringly to our profession of faith and approach the throne of glory in absolute trust our heart sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our body washed in clean water.”
Breaking away from a routine practice of the faith, let us call Jesus to rekindle our flickering fervor. Let us recommit ourselves to a Gospel inspired lifestyle of selfless service of God and neighbor. Only then shall we be genuine witness of the Risen Lord, shining lights in the darkness of a confused society.
“Christ the Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed. Let us feast with joy in the Lord! Alleluia!”