Dear Brothers and Sisters in Risen Christ,
He is Risen!
This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. The whole universe desires and moves towards Goodness, Truth, and Life. There is an old Vedic prayer which is also used in other religions:
Lord, Lead us from ignorance to Truth; Lead us from darkness to light; Lead us from death to life.
This prayer is fulfilled in Jesus Christ by his death and resurrection. He is the Lord who can lead us to truth, light and life because He is the Truth, Light and Life. He is risen to give us new life. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning.
The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
Today as we celebrate the Easter, do we hear the words of the Angel to women, “Do not be afraid”. Do not be afraid to encounter Christ in our daily lives, in every human situation and to proclaim Him to everyone. He is Risen and He is our Lord!
May this Easter bring newness into our hearts, families and community. May His new life spring out from our inner self to reach out to others who are seek God and His mercy.
Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!
Fr. Ajith Kumar, ss.cc.