Blistering Easter Joy and Becoming an Easter People!

le_saintes_femmes_au_tombeau-bougureauI love to reflect on the words of St. Augustine “We are Easter People and ‘ALLELUIA’ is our song.” Furthermore, the Year of Consecrated Life coincides with these words and echoes “Rejoice! Wake up the World!” Easter is a great season of hope in which we are called to recover the power as we light the Paschal Candle from the new fire dispelling all darkness and sins.
Resurrection is a mystery not to be talked about, but a mystery to be penetrated in prayer and solitude. We repeat often throughout all of Easter Week “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Ps 118,24) and while repeating these words so many times we might ask, “Is Jesus truly risen in my conviction, in my belief system?” That is why we proclaim Jesus as Risen using the present tense “He is Risen!”
Jesus brings us a message of hope, peace and joy. One of the difficult things before us today is to acquire personally and to convince people to hope in the goodness of each other. We feel happy and more optimistic when things are going according to our interests and expectations, whereas when negative experiences occur, illusion and hateful feelings break out. In our communities and approach, we want to close the doors and say, “It’s useless; nothing will change!” There is a tendency to think we are better off as individuals and this type of exclusion undermines our communion and bond of charity. Henceforth, Resurrection reminds us to celebrate the giftedness of each one and say, “from now on you have part in me.”
The imparting greeting and gift of the Risen Lord is “Peace to you!” How do we cherish this inheritance in the midst of fear, war, violence and religious persecution? May this celebration of Easter fill each of you with a hope and joy of His transforming presence as the “Regina Caeli Laetare” (Queen of Heaven rejoice) hymn unveils the grief of the world and dispels all sorts of darkness!
Fr. Soosai Rathinam


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