Happy Easter everyone, and may the Risen Lord be with you!
Today, we celebrate the central mystery of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus and his triumph over the power of death.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter speaks to the household members of the Roman Centurion, Cornelius. He gives an outline of the story of Jesus and states that his message is true because he has experienced the risen Jesus for himself.
The Gospel tells us that Mary Magdalene is first to visit the tomb but finds it empty. She thinks only of the fact that someone has stolen his body; the fact of the Resurrection hasn’t struck her yet. Then Peter and John arrive on the scene, having been notified by Mary Magdalene. “John saw, and he believed”.
So on this Easter Day, we are invited to renew our faith in the Risen Lord. By renewing our Baptismal Promises, which is really a declaration of the creed, we profess once again, our belief in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe all that Jesus taught us and we can pay special attention to the mystery of the Resurrection.
We see the signs of New Life through the nature all around us. We have been through a long year of trying to keep safe from Coronavirus. We have experienced a time like we’ve never seen or dreamt of before. We have seen suffering and death; loneliness and separation; distancing and isolation. It all takes its toll on our human people. But the Feast of the Resurrection can give us hope and new purpose. We can praise the Lord for the courage and dedication of so many people. We thank the medical staffs, scientists, carers, all who suffered silently and patiently, thinking of others, and not themselves.
Yes, the Lord is Risen in the hearts of so many good people. Let us open our minds and hearts to the power of God, as shown in the Resurrection of Jesus our Saviour.
Have a blessed Easter! Yes, we are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!
God bless, Fr. Joe and Sr. Devy