Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!
“After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.
5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He has been raised, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him.’ This is my message for you.” ~Matthew 28:1-10
Through His death and resurrection, He has shown that He is truly the Son of God. Furthermore, Jesus has conquered death and sin.
To the Apostle John, writer of the Book of Revelation, Jesus said,
“18 I am the Living One. I was dead. But now look! I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Hell.” ~Revelation 1:18
He had to die as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. In Wednesday’s Mass readings for the Octave of Easter, the risen Jesus appears to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and tells them,
“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into His glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
He interpreted to them what referred to Him
in all the Scriptures.”~Luke 24: 26-27
By His crucifixion, death, and Resurrection, Jesus has opened way for all people to come back to God and have eternal life. Each person has to make the choice to turn from sin, receive God’s Mercy, and persevere in holiness in order to obtain the eternal life that Jesus has made available to us.
The Resurrection of Jesus, Evangelization, and Jesus’ Second Coming
Excerpt from First Reading of the Easter Sunday Mass:
“You know what has happened all over Judea …We are witnesses of all that He did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that He be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in Him
will receive forgiveness of sins through His Name.” ~Acts 10
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been commissioned to spread the word about Our Risen Lord. Regardless of life circumstances, we are all called to be witnesses who testify to the truth that Jesus came into the world for the salvation of mankind. Only through Him can one receive forgiveness of sins and only through Him can one obtain eternal salvation. The followers of Christ are called to evangelize and spread the Word of God until the end of time when Jesus Christ returns in glory as the Just Judge.
19 My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” ~James 5: 19-20
Lastly, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a foretaste of God’s ultimate defeat of evil at the end of time. When Jesus returns at the end of time, He will destroy evil “with the breath of His mouth” and “by the splendor of His coming.” (2 Thessalonians2:8)
The Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus in a special way during the Octave of Easter (the 8 days after Easter Sunday). In addition, the Easter Season extends more generally for 50 days from Easter Sunday! For the next 50 days, let us reflect upon the Resurrection of Christ and be renewed in faith, hope, and love. Furthermore, let us be faithful witnesses to the Risen Christ who will soon come again in glory!
Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!
Easter hymn: Sequence “Victimae Paschali Laudes”