The world is in a very difficult situation today. The news that we see and hear don’t give us an optimistic view of what to expect in the horizon. We are overwhelmed: the magnitude of the pandemic is just challenging to cope, unthinkable to imagine, unbearable to carry. The perfect recipe for hopelessness. Like what Mary Magdalene experienced on that first Easter morning, it was hard to fathom, much more when it was still dark. (Gospel: Jn. 20: 1-9).
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Yet, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus gives us a reason to be optimistic despite what’s happening around us.
Jesus is Risen! Alleluia! He is truly Risen as He said! Alleluia!
Celebrating Easter gives us the assurance of peace and meaning to our struggles. Easter reinvigorates hope to mend our brokenness especially in a world so weary, overwhelmed, devastated.
Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB defines the connection of this faith, love and hope in his Easter homily,
“When you have the proper motivation in life, you know what you want, and you do it out of love, magically I would say, you will find the strength and the fortitude to stay, hold on and ultimately succeed in your plans. At the end, after you’ve done so many things, because of that hope in your heart, you have the strength to live the present. You just don’t look at the present as a series of unfortunate events, you look at your life as a mystery itself. You are not in control of your life, but you are trying and giving it your best.
If there is a mystery, you don’t give up. There is a reason why things are happening. ‘I don’t understand, I am not in control, but the story will end happily ever after. And I’m holding on to that. This will turn a good page afterwards.’ That is mystery. Faith lived with love, brings up hope. And hope is not just about the future. Hope is facing the mysteries of every day. When we learn to live with the mystery of life, happy and decided about life, you know, you can feel it, you are living in the company, in the presence of the Lord.
God is a mystery and the way He expresses Himself to us will always be tinged with mystery. And so when you dwell in the mystery of life, when you looked at life as a mystery, difficult yet hopeful, you know you are living in the presence of God. And this gives you the strength to live as best as you could, knowing that no matter what the present (where you are). Then you can handle it.”
Jesus life modelled this perfectly. He who knew what He wanted. All He wanted was ‘to obey, to surrender to the will of Him who sent me’. And what made Jesus do it? His tremendous love for the Father. In fact Jesus is the expression of God’s love for us. And His love for us.”
May we dwell in Your mysterious holiness, despite the challenges that this life brings,
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” (Second Reading: Col. 3: 1-4)
Today, accept the reality that Jesus is risen and alive. Allow yourself to be enveloped by hope of Easter: it is a new day, a new beginning for all of us who believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. As we go rejoicing in His victory over death and sin, let us reflect on how this new life in Christ can make us new, refreshed, rejuvenated: an Easter person, truly immersed in His resurrected glory.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” (Ps. 118:24)