Saturday, April 03, 2010

The power of the resurrection

Easter vigil
Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

Taken from an ancient homily given last Holy Saturday, it says that Jesus descended to the dead, now to fetch Adam and Eve and the rest who were waiting for their Redeemer.  At the sight of him Adam, the first man God had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

Now, our love story is complete; we who have been loved by the Lord; we both living and dead.  There is not a moment, a space, or a lull in our entire reality that Christ hasn't entered.  Now, he is bringing us to Himself and to His Father, to our real home and His kingdom.  We shall be like Him forever.

Let us praise God then for this wonderful gift.  Do we deserve this? No! Not one minute or one ounce.  It is Jesus who decided for all of us.  Now it is our time to respond.

Let us respond by making His word alive in our hearts and minds from now on.  Let us celebrate every Eucharist with joy.  and finally, let us renew the promises we made during baptism - that we will radiate Christ's light to others, no more, no less.  Then the power of the resurrection will be upon us.  It is Christ who decided for us!  Praise be Jesus forever!

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