Hope and Joy-Filled Easter People!

The resurrection of Jesus creates hope for our present and future existence. We see and recognize God present in each and every creation that has the capacity for complete transformation and fulfillment. We have a partial resurrection in each and every minute of our lives as we exist on earth: child leaving the womb, the adolescent entering the adult life, the adult experiencing middle-age crises and finally the human person leaving this earthly life with his/her death, all these move towards a fuller life. Are we living our lives with a hope of resurrection or minds filled with all the negative elements over self and others? Easter is a call for all of us to see the goodness of each other and avoid finding fault with others because of our disillusionment.
Resurrection is a missional event to enter into new ventures like that of the disciples of Jesus Christ. It is not an event of fear but the event of peace and joy. The very first word that Jesus uttered to the disciples was “Peace be with you” (Jn 20:21) or “Fear Not” because they were filled with fear. Our mission, hence, is not to create our own presence but be the presence of the Risen Christ that leads people, structures, systems and cultures. Be ever ready with an open mind and heart to become border crossing persons because the scenario we are living in is impelling us for missionary stations. Instead of saying something like the system is not good or the persons in authority are not very effective, let’s strive to create an impact of the resurrected Jesus by giving hope to others amidst desolation.
In this hope and joy filled season of Easter, may I earnestly make an appeal to all for a personal experience and encounter with the living Christ as we are fast approaching the 20th General Chapter. Please be filled with the presence of the Resurrected Jesus by increasing our prayers and be spiritually united with the delegates of the chapter. May this Easter be an illumining experience of the Risen Christ the light of all nations to move beyond our bindings and borders to become intercultural persons filled with hope and courage to be Servants of Charity to the universe!
Fr. Soosai Rathinam

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Can we Start Afresh and Anew in this Easter Season?

Mary Magdalene was the first witness of the Resurrection who experienced the extraordinarily joyful event and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” The Resurrected Jesus gave a special mandate to her saying, “Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Mt 28,10)
Jesus Christ wants to meet them in Galilee where their first encounter happened, where He called them to share His mission and where they left everything to be His disciples. What is the inner meaning? The Risen Christ offers a fresh start asking, “Can we start again? Am I willing to start afresh and be His disciple anew?”
The Resurrection event lays the foundation for the Church because we are a Resurrection people with a mission. “Go!” It’s not for a disciple to sit and wait around for the people to come or for us to remain in our own comfort zones. Today, we like to choose a first priority which leads to the “comfort addiction.” Then, even the slightest discomfort makes us irritable, restless, and discontent.
“Go!” This invitation is delivered to every one of us because charity demands that Guanellians have an open heart and existence to the whole world especially “by going forth to the existential peripheries.” We approach and imagine a possible composition of the team of confreres for new missions for a prophetic, missionary service. In spite of many and capable confreres in our Divine Providence Province, we find it very difficult to identify some confreres who are willing and spiritually mature to go and embrace a new missionary adventure in the periphery of everything, and easily willing to update with a mentality of mediocrity and with a “plant where I can bloom”   attitude.
How do we celebrate the Resurrection and the peace brought by the Risen Christ? Jesus was a Radical which means to get to the “root” of things. The encounter and search of Mary Magdalene made her feel His presence and the joy of being close to Him and it became a powerful instrument for her to announce the good news. The new Easter fire is kindling within us so let our expanded missionary heart be available for Christ’s mission.

Fr. Soosai Rathinam

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