Homily for Easter Sunday – Year A, B, & C

Christ Our Lord Is Risen Today: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Readings: 1st: Acts 10: 34. 37-43; Ps 117: 1-2. 16-23; 2nd: Col 3:1-4; Gos Jn 20: 1-9)     

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 of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.    

 Christ Our Lord is risen today! Alleluia! Alleluia!! A couple of weeks ago, we started what seemed like a hopeless, unending and a sorrowful journey. Today, we have joyfully come to the end of that journey. A journey that began sorrowfully has ended joyfully. Light has eventually overcome darkness and we have seen the glory of Christ.

The simple and short story is that, Christ has completely overcome the power of death. He has fulfilled his promise: “I will rise on the third day.” The battle is over, and there is no controversy, because Jesus is Lord! The Lord has won the battle for our salvation.

By his resurrection this Easter, Jesus makes a very important statement. That is, he is both the Lord of the living and of the dead. We died with him through our Lenten observances. So, let us also rise with him through the power of the Holy Spirit. That same power that resurrected him is capable of resurrecting our weakened bodies (Rom 8, 11).

Today, a new epoch has completely begun because the historical Jesus, who suffered, who was crucified and who died, has been glorified through his resurrection. He is now the glorified messiah, and he lives to die no more. We all have a share in this glory. Hence, from now, this shall be our story: God has resurrected his Son, Jesus Christ from the dead.

Therefore, as his disciples, our testimony from today shall be: “We saw Christ’s glory as he rose! Christ is truly risen from the dead.” Like the apostles, our duty now is to spread this good news. Like Peter, in today’s first reading, we must say to all people: “Now we are his witnesses, we eat and drank with him after his resurrection from the dead…”

This Easter day, we are also all called to join Paul in giving thanks to God: “Who in his great mercy has given us a new birth, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead” (Act 2: 42-43). The death of Christ was ours. Also, his resurrection, glory and triumph are equally ours.

Christ did not put us to shame. Rather, we now have a sure hope in an inheritance that can never be destroyed. So, having been raised with Christ, we must act like the living and not the dead. This is because, we share in the new life of Christ.

We must seek the things of light, things that are noble, true, just and things that glorify God. We must seek heavenly things by living like free people and citizens of heaven.” This is what our Paul instructs us to do in today’s second reading: “Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, seek the things that are in heaven, where Christ is…”

Through this, Paul calls us to be aware of our new and exalted position in Christ. Let us be happy and rejoice for what God has done for us today in Christ. Let us sing with the Psalmist on this glorious day of Easter: “This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!!

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