Saturday, 26 March 2016

Easter Sunday 2016 - Resurrection Joy March 27, 2016

Christ, rising from the tomb on "Easter Morning", rent the veil of gloom that had shrouded the hearts of his Mother Mary and Disciples, and flooded their souls with ecstatic joy.

This spirit of joy fills the heart of "Mother Church" and all her children as they celebrate a new each Easter the glorious Mystery of Christ's Resurrection.

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice therein !! ALLELUIA !! Such is the glad refrain that runs through the prayers of the liturgy.

The wonderful story of the Resurrection, like that of Christmas never loses its fascination for us. Though the Gospel Narrative is brief, faith supplies the details as we meditate upon the "Paschal Mystery".

"The guards and all the world might know that he has risen indeed. A great earthquake shook the place and an angel from heaven with great ease rolled back the stone that covered the entrance and sat upon it. The sight of this majestic figure filled the guards with such terror that they became as dead men".

"They fled into the city, publishing the wonders they had seen until the chief priests and elders had to silence them with a bribe".

Having entered deeply into the sufferings of Our Saviour by our compassion and our grief at the sight of all the outrages and torments he endured in his Passion; the Church invites us now to rejoice exceedingly in his triumphal rising from the dead, his glorious victory over death and hell, and his entry into everlasting life, forever free from death and suffering.

Do we really possess the proper dispositions to celebrate with gladness the Resurrection of Our Lord ??

Have we really made earnest efforts to die with Him in order to rise again with him ??  Have we put off the 'Old Man' with his evil deeds ??

Saint Paul tells us that "Christ was delivered up to death for our sins, and rose again for our justification". (Romans 4:25)

"If you have risen with Christ, again it is Saint Paul who speaks, seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth."

In his Letter to the Romans, the same Apostle says : "We know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over him".

Thus, the thought of our Risen Saviour, victorious over sin and death and hell will fill us with renewed hope and courage.

So, one day we shall share in his glory and in his everlasting "Easter Joy."

Note : Easter Sunday Blessings and Easter Sunday Wishes to all the readers of my Blog as well as to all souls.

Credits and References :

1) "Easter Joy" by Antoine Tetta
    Page 12
    April 2007, Vol -8, N0-12
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai

2)  The Gospel According to Saint Matthew
      Chapter 28, Verses 11-15
      Pages 33-34
      "The Resurrection of Jesus"
       The Holy Bible
       The New Revised Standard Version
        Catholic Edition
        Published by Harper Collins


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