It may seem that our sojourn through the desert of Lent continues. It may seem that the enemy of our soul is still whispering discouragement, temptation, and fear into our minds and hearts. It may seem that the sorrow of Good Friday persists and that the silence and absence of our Lord in the tomb on Holy Saturday prevails.
In short, this Easter, we might just get a taste of what the very first Easter Sunday felt like to those who were there 2,000 years ago.
Someone posted this quote on their Facebook page and I’d like to share it with you: “The very first Easter was not in a crowded church with singing and praising.. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in a house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women, that Jesus had risen. But it seemed too good to be true. They were living in a time of such despair and such fear. If they left their homes, their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could this miracle really have happened? Could life really had won out over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end?
Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that the long night was over and morning had broken, that God’s love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn’t seem quite real yet.”
Eventually, in time, the apostles would leave that house and proclaim the Good News that Jesus has risen. In time, we too will be able to leave our homes and gather in the hallowed walls of our churches to praise and glorify the Lord in the Holy Mass, and re- ceive him sacramentally in the Blessed Eucharist.
Our cause for joy and triumph is that the tomb is empty. Jesus Christ has defeated the power of sin and death.
We celebrate that “God used death to defeat death and ensure our life” (Lifeteen Commentary).
Lent is over, and we have come to the spring oasis of life and living waters. The enemy of our soul has been defeated and put in his place. The thorns of Good Friday will give way to the roses of the garden tomb on Easter Sunday.
This is a Passover from dark to light, from night to morning, from death to life. “This is the day the Lord has made” (Responsorial Psalm).
The rays of light of this “new” day “shine upon a stone that has been rolled back forever. They invade an inner darkness which- like the spirit of man - lies joyfully open to the graced brightness of eternal life” (Oliver Treanor).
Let us hold on and cling to our Faith in the Risen Lord. Let us bear witness to our belief in His Resurrection. And we wait in hope for what the Apostles told us would come - the day when our tombs will be empty and we too will appear with Him in glory.”
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! Long Live Christ the King!
Father Robert Letona