Peace be with you my dear brothers & sisters!
Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus is Risen, He is Alive! He does not simply return to life; but, He is life itself, because He is the Son of God, the living God (Num 14:21-28; Deut 5:26; Josh 3:10). Jesus no longer belongs to the past, but lives in the present; He is the everlasting “today” of God.
Easter is a victory over sin, evil and death. Christ died that we might no longer live for ourselves. He gives us a new focus as we live for him and his values. As we take on that new focus, it will help us to not be as selfish; not to live for ourselves as, perhaps, we have done, and in this way, we will all make the world a better place.
The Easter Proclamation states clearly that the grace of this most wonderful experience “dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride and man is reconciled with God”
And this is a message for me and for you, dear sisters and brothers. Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!
Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: He is life! If you have kept him at a distance yet, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, and be confident that He is close to you. He is with you and He will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live.
May the Resurrected Jesus fill your lives with His newness of life, newness in renewing our old lives of sin, into a new life of freedom in His immense love for you all.
May the risen Lord bless you and family members!
Fr. Ani Xavier OFM Cap