Happy Easter, everyone! The Lord is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! I hope and pray that you each had a wonderful Easter Sunday with family and friends. Easter is so special that we have an entire season (seven weeks) to celebrate the joy in the Resurrection. The Easter season runs from yesterday through to Pentecost Sunday. But the focus this week is on the Easter octave, an eight-day period, that ends on Divine Mercy Sunday. It is within this week that we reflect on Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and what that means for each of us.
We Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead
As Christians, we look at Jesus’ Resurrection and realize that we, too, will be resurrected when Christ comes again, at the end of the world. How do we know this? We read it in 1 Corinthians 15:21, where it states, “For since death came to a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being.” This passage tells us of Jesus’ victory over the jaws of death so that we, too, can have hope for eternal life with God in Heaven.
Joy in the Resurrection
There is much joy in the Resurrection! It’s proof-positive of the depth of God’s love for each one of us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). If God blesses us with eternal life, then we can count on participating in the resurrection of the dead. We will play our part in the Second Coming of Christ, when He raises us from the dead just like He rose from the dead, on Easter Sunday. The Lord is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise be to God!
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