Happy Easter Sunday! Let this be a moment in which we renew our baptismal promises, our desire for holiness, our determination to die to sin, and conviction that Christ gives us new life!
Today’s joy is much more than just a feeling, it is a new existence. It is a pure gift! And, as a gift, if we do fail to share it with others, it will loose all its meaning. We have received the gift of Christ’s loving salvation.
Now, go and share this with the entire world! Carry the cross for others, serve those who are in need, forgive those who have fallen, let Christ’s light in your heart shine in their lives!
“Dear brothers and sisters, let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives! Are we often weary, disheartened and sad? Do we feel weighed down by our sins? Do we think that we won’t be able to cope? Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him… Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.” – Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily
“The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them…The Cross had asked: “Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?” The Resurrection answered: “That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” St. John Chrysostom