08 Apr – Easter Sunday
This mass is our Alleluia; our song of praise to the risen Christ who is our life and whose triumph over death we proclaim to all the world.
– Sunday Missal
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’
So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
You must look for the things that are in heaven
The Stations of the Cross on Good Friday was quite an emotional one for me. I have been feeling demeaned and unjustly treated in the workplace, and even had a mini emotional breakdown the day before. Seeing how Jesus was still able to love others in the midst of his immense suffering, I felt that the least I could do was to not harbour ill feelings in my heart towards those who have hurt me. Jesus did not retaliate evil with evil, in fact, He did not retaliate at all. He only loved.
During the service, I happened to be taking the part of the second narrator for the narration of the passion of Christ, and that mostly consisted of lines uttered by Pontius Pilate. When Jesus told him that He was here to bear witness to the truth, Pilate asked – “Truth? What is that?” I thought that really was the question about the purpose of everyone’s lives – finding out what this truth is.
What is truth? Jesus fell a total of three times, was physically and emotionally battered, and literally abandoned on the cross, but because Jesus is Truth, He cannot die, even if He were denied and beaten down by all. The anguish will not last forever. When it comes to an end, truth will triumph amidst the darkness, and that victory is permanent. So with that faith in truth and the hope that we will see it come to light, we persevere on in life.
“Death is not putting out the light. It is extinguishing the candle because the dawn has truly come.” Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Edith Koh)
Prayer: We pray for the courage and strength that hope in Christ will bring us.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for the reassurance that Jesus give us through His resurrection.