Living And Walking In The Spirit of Easter
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers, Province of Nigeria South East. He is currently the parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Woliwo Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. For more details contact him on:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or +23408063767512
In this octave and season of Easter, we have to key-in to the right spirit for us to really get the proper sounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ echoes. The spirit of Easter is the spirit of peace, it is the spirit of Glory, it is the spirit of joy and the spirit of fulfilled expectation. In this season therefore, every true Christian MUST radiate the glory of God. In the next couple of weeks and days, we continue in the Easter season. Hence, we shall remain in the alleluia domain for this period of time. Therefore, this season we are to be fearless, joyful and be renewed in order to truly live the spirit of this Easter season. This season which commenced with Easter Sunday and spans for fifty days presents us yet another beautiful and great opportunity to prove that we are faithful Christians. The very pertinent question we must contend with this period is: What does it mean to us to live in the spirit of Easter Season, and what is expected of us Christians during this wonderful and soul – refreshing season? Living in the spirit of Easter entails among other things:
Living Joyfully: What is joy? It is a down-to-earth gladness that cannot be taken away. Even the presence of sorrow is not enough to quench its radiating and refreshing effect. The Paschal Mystery (i.e. Passion, Death and Resurrection) of Christ teaches us that our sorrows and pains are transformed through faith in our glorified Lord Jesus Christ. This faith therefore sustains us irrespective of the perilous moments and difficulties we have to contend with in life. It keeps us poised in spite of our inability to attain the heights we aspire to in life. It is the joy of the Risen Lord that should keep us going. It is our hope raiser!
Living without Fear: The Resurrection teaches us that God can overcome anything, even death. When the Risen Christ appeared to the women at the tomb and later to his disciples, his first words are “Do not be afraid!” (Mt 28:5, 10) These words speak volumes to our hearts, helping us cope with the fear from the loss of a job, a serious illness, childlessnesss, oppression, injustice, depression, unwholesome habits and even a crumbling relationship. Our faith allows us to trust that God can overcome our most serious problems.
Living in Peace: One of the most important gifts that we receive from the Risen Lord during this season is the gift of peace. Jesus Christ knows very well that our hearts are troubled and that is while during his appearance to his disciples at the upper room his first greeting was “peace be with you” (John 20, 19). In order to buttress that he understood their serious lack of peace he reiterated and repeated it again as the evangelist John writes: “Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the father has sent me, I am sending you.” So this season, not only that we must live in, and enjoy the peace that Jesus brings us, we are to be also disseminators of peace.
Living with New Minds: Living in the spirit of Easter means to live with a sense of newness. Just as the return of rains lifts our spirits and make us feel like the whole world is new, the Resurrection of Jesus makes “all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) The Easter spirit is a spirit of renewal that enables us to show up at work, or school, with a positive attitude, to renew relationships that have been taken for granted, and to express appreciation and affection to those closest to us. It means to see the world through new lens’ of God.
Peace be with you.