Rejoice! He is Risen!
“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb.” Peter was unique in his response to the news of Jesus’ resurrection. Whereas, the other apostles disregarded the reports from the women who had seen the empty tomb and heard the angels announce the truth of the resurrection.
On this Easter day, we have a choice to make. We too have heard a remarkable report. We have been told that two thousand years ago, a man named Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave. To many people in today’s world, this sounds like nonsense, just like it did when it first happened. Some would like to dismiss the story entirely as a myth at best, or an outright lie at worst. Others try to spiritualize the miracle, suggesting that the resurrection narrative is a story that is meant to symbolize the power of God, but whether or not Jesus actually rose from the dead is irrelevant. Finally, there are those who simply believe, like Peter, and make an act of faith and commit themselves to Christ.
This, of course, is the Christan way. It was not the Crucifixion that brought confidence to the early followers of Christ; but it was the Resurrection. This momentous event has always made all the difference! As St. Paul wrote in the Epistle to the Romans, “Just as Christ was raised from the
dead by the Glory of the Father, we too might live in the newness of life.” This Easter, may we experience the great joy of new life in the Risen Christ.
Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia! Let us give thanks to God for bringing light into the darkness of our life and victory over sin and death! We are called to realize that what we experience and achieve in our earthly lives today is not the end; but it has a greater purpose yet to be revealed! May you and your families be showered with God’s choicest blessings on this glorious day and during the Easter Season.
Fr. Arul Joseph V.