Alleluia, Jesus is Alive!
Alleluia resounds again in this holy season beginning with this great FEAST of FEASTS: EASTER SUNDAY. Joyful news! Easter news! Our Saviour is not in a tomb for dead people. He’s alive. He’s risen! He’s risen indeed! Alleluia.
On Good Friday millions of people throughout the world gathered to venerate the Cross of the Lord. Without Christ, epitomised by Good Friday, we are lost, confused, and overcome by sinfulness. There is a seemingly triumph of falsity over truth, of injustice over justice, of evil over goodness.
• Jesus was falsely charged of crimes he did not commit, and unjustly sentenced to a death he did not deserve.
• Jesus was betrayed by his very good friend and apostle. He is deserted by his trusted companions.
• The people he loved demanded his crucifixion and chose to have the bandit Barabbas released in his place.
• To crown it all, we saw Jesus scourged, mocked, led on the death march, nailed to the cross where he dies after a few hours and hastily buried in a tomb.
Easter comes up with a different story as shown in the utter joy depicted in the beautiful readings from the Word of God in the Church’s liturgy. They remind us of the immense difference between the absence of Christ and His risen presence. The Resurrection renews and restores good over evil, salvation over sin and life over death. Easter teaches us that Death is not the end of the story. Jesus regains his eternal glory with the Father. He is the Lord, who will prevail over all humankind, his enemies included. For us his embattled followers this is good news.
The Resurrection is first and foremost, a faith reality. The Truth and Belief in the resurrection is also founded upon a historical data of mankind. Thus today, to see, to testify and to believe are strong expressions to guide our meditation. Jesus shows himself, eats in company of some of his disciples and gives them certain recommendations. Those who saw Him, return testimony to those who want to understand it. To understand the celebration of today as Saint Paul says, we must see the rising from the dead event as belonging to the category of realities that are above, mysteries beyond our comprehension. To make this simpler, we are celebrating the resurrection. After being in the tomb for three days, Jesus was resurrected. Because of His resurrection, our faith is not in vain. We too, because of the resurrection of our Lord, may have eternal life.
Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Jesus is alive! Alleluia!
Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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