“Resurrexit sicut dixit!”
There is a great joy today, for the Lord is truly risen, as He said. After the horror of Good Friday and the stillness of the earth on Holy Saturday, now the great day has come and the Lord has passed from death to life. The Lord has triumphed over sin and death, conquering them forever.
As Catholics, we profess our faith in the Resurrection every time we pray the Creed. It is something we have professed since the day of our Baptism, the day on which ‘we died with Christ’. The Resurrection of the Lord is our hope. And it truly is our hope – for if He has not risen, then our faith is in vain.
Reading the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection, of that first Easter morning, is deeply moving and inspiring. It is easy to place ourselves in the scene, to imagine ourselves to be one of those involved – Peter, or the women at the tomb – and to wonder what we would have done, what we would have thought, what we would have felt. Despite all they had ben told by the Lord, it must have been an astonishing moment, to find the tomb empty and the Lord gone. And then to think back to all He had told them in past days, and to wonder..
The Resurrection is our visible and tangible reminder that death is not the end; rather, it is really the beginning.
At the Easter Vigil, the Paschal Candle is lit from the blessed fire; and the from this single point of light, each of us lights our own candle. This action is greatly symbolic. Christ is our Light, the only Light, the Light of the World. From Him comes all light.
Throughout our lives, we maintain and keep that faith in Him which we profess at the Easter Vigil, doing so with great joy in our hearts and with peace, which is His gift to us. And we then become like the points of lights in the Church on that night, going out into the world, spreading that light by all that we are, all that we do and say, so that we become a living Gospel, a true witness to the Lord Who is risen from the dead. And in all this, we act with love for our neighbour, for this was His great and final commandment to us – “Love one another, as I have loved you”.
May the Risen Lord, He Who has triumphed forever over sin and death, bless us and keep us and make His Face to shine upon us, now and always.
And may we never fail to be filled to overflowing with the joy of Easter.