We are witnesses to all he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem… They put him to death by hanging him on a tree but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses. (Acts 10:39-41).
Easter is the celebration of the Christian Passover. Jesus is the victor over sin and death. The tomb is empty; heaven welcomes the saints, who believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
We renew our baptismal vows because we have been renewed by forty days of repentance; now, we sing Alleluia. Our spiritual life, returning to our neighborhood like spring, comes in Christ Eucharistic. Our Baptism is refreshed by the Eucharist. We will rise with him on the Last Day.
Here is how Saint Peter Julian wrote of his joy: It’s such a beautiful day for me. It’s the most beautiful day of my life since this is the day when I had the good fortune to be baptized. If I had died then I would be in heaven now, praying for my godmother (who is) still on earth, weighed down by the cross on the thorny path to heaven. But the Good Lord did not wish it and has left me until now in this valley of exile, tears and struggles May he be blessed! All is well, provided we reach our goal at the end. Once we reach it whether the road was short or long, easy or difficult everything weighs in the scales only as grace and mercy from God. The essential thing is to reach it (the goal!). (To Marianne Eymard – February 5,1846 (CO 68)
Father, when Christ who is our life is revealed, may we also be revealed with him in glory.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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