To strengthen our faith in Jesus’ Resurrection, we have most credible witnesses: the apostles. How the Resurrection experience impacted them! The book titled ‘The Lord’ by philosopher and theologian Fr. Romano Guardini discusses two key differences between Jesus before and after the Resurrection: Jesus no longer comes and goes, but ‘appears’ and ‘vanishes’ without barriers of time and space, and the evangelists emphasize that Jesus after the Resurrection is the same Jesus of Nazareth with visible wounds, not a mere spirit.
Almost two hundred catechumens received the Sacraments of Christian initiation during the Easter Vigil ceremonies that took place all over Macau, Father João Lau told O Clarim. In his parish – the Saint Lazarus Parish – two dozen adults entered full communion with the Catholic Church, after they received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
In his Easter message this year, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang has declared that from 30th April 2023 (Good Shepherd/Vocations Sunday) to 8th December 2024 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception), the Diocese of Macau will celebrate the “Diocesan Year of Vocations”.
In this reflection, Fr Paolo Consonni considers the Resurrection as a birth into new life passing through the pangs of death. While affirming that Jesus rose from the dead by virtue of His divine power, he highlights the human experience of Jesus on the Cross and how His cry for the Father’s love and mercy was answered through the Resurrection.
In this reflection, Fr Jijo Kandamkulathy writes that Jesus’ resurrection is a sign of hope for us and urges us to throw off the shackles of the fear of death. Death, which is the result of sin, is defeated, and life, represented in Christ Himself, emerges victorious.
Reliving our first euphoric encounter with Christ is the means to draw back from the despondency and despair with which the Evil One and the world attempt to derail our mission as Christians. Through the life of the Apostles, especially St Peter, we see that continually keeping in mind that initial experience of Jesus is what keeps us firm and determined along our path.
The pontiff once again calls for the cessation of violence in Ukraine and peace in the world on Easter Sunday, persisting in his stance against the Russian aggression.
It is faith that helps us believe in the Resurrected Christ and acknowledge the various signs of Himself that He has left us on earth. But will we take that faith far enough to embrace His Passion and Death as our own in order to enter the embrace of our own resurrection?
Despite the pain of the trials and suffering that come our way, we must derive from them the true joy that emerges from a faithful relationship with Christ, our Savior.
Easter is the time to ponder the certitude of the Resurrection and reject the attribute of worldliness. For only in the truth of the Resurrection is our salvation to be found.