The Holy Easter Blessings
- Dear Friends,
He is not here . . . he is risen. The heavenly messengers announce first and foremost that Jesus is not here: the Son of God did not remain in the tomb, because it was not possible for him to be held prisoner by death (Acts 2:24) and the tomb could not hold on to the living one (Rev 1:18) who is the very source of life. Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, so too Christ crucified was swallowed up into the heart of the earth (Mt 12:40) for the length of a Sabbath. Truly, that Sabbath was a high day, as Saint John tells us (Jn 19:31): the highest in history, because it was then that the Lord of the Sabbath (Mt 12:8) brought to fulfilment the work of creation (Gen 2:1-4), raising man and the entire cosmos to the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rom 8:21). When this extraordinary work had been accomplished, the lifeless body was suffused with the living breath of God and, as the walls of the tomb were shattered, he rose in glory. That is why the angels proclaim he is not here, he can no longer be found in the tomb. He made his pilgrim way on earth among us, he completed his journey in the tomb as all men do, but he conquered death and, in an absolutely new way, by an act of pure love, he opened the earth, threw it open towards Heaven.
His resurrection becomes our resurrection, through Baptism which incorporates us into him. The prophet Ezekiel had foretold this: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel (Ez 37:12). These prophetic words take on a singular value on Easter Day, because today the Creators promise is fulfilled; today, even in this modern age marked by anxiety and uncertainty, we relive the event of the Resurrection, which changed the face of our life and changed the history of humanity. From the risen Christ, all those who are still oppressed by chains of suffering and death look for hope, sometimes even without knowing it.
May the Risen Lord grant that the strength of his life, peace and freedom be experienced everywhere. Today the words with which the Angel reassured the frightened hearts of the women on Easter morning are addressed to all: Do not be afraid! ... He is not here; he is risen (Mt 28:5-6). Jesus is risen, and he gives us peace; he himself is peace. For this reason the Church repeats insistently: Christ is risen Let the people of the third millennium not be afraid to open their hearts to him. His Gospel totally quenches the thirst for peace and happiness that is found in every human heart. Christ is now alive and he walks with us. What an immense mystery of love!
This HOLY BLESSED EASTER gives Peace and Every Happiness to you and your dear one to ALL.
Saju C Varghese