It is 1st April 2018. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection. Wishing you all a happy Easter. May the Risen Lord fill you with His light and bless every step you make. The readings are from Acts 10:34, 37-43; the second reading is from Colossians 3:1-4; and the Gospel from John 20:1-9. At the entrance Antiphon of the Mass, we acclaim: “The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.” (Lk.24:34; Rev.1:6). The Catechism teaches us: “The Resurrection of Jesus opens for us the way to a new life that justifies and reinstates us in God’s glory… so that we too might walk in newness of life.” (CCC.654). St. Peter offers a synopsis of the faith with Cornelius. “This man God raised on the third day and granted that He be visible, not all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.” (Acts. 10:41). He acknowledged that Jesus is now judge for all living and dead and we can receive forgiveness of sins in Him. The Resurrection offered a link and a closer connection in Jesus in His victory over death and offering a new life. The Easter invites us all to begin a new page with God and a new relationship with God. The responsorial Psalm praises, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” (Ps.118:24). St. Paul urges us to live a life of Resurrection in the second reading. It is all about the response we have towards such tremendous love shown by Jesus on the Cross. Let our whole being look up to God and to do things that make others to believe in Christ. “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col.3:3). The Resurrection of Jesus promises new life and hope that we will be like Him. We need to proclaim and to be the witness of the living Christ. Our vision and mission of life needs to be seen in the way we have been transformed by the new life in the Risen Lord. The Gospel offers a deep conviction in the Resurrection of Jesus in the empty tomb by the witnesses of Mary Magdalene, Sts. Peter and John. Though they were perplexed initially, the realisation of St. John brought them closer to the Risen Lord. We too have initial hiccups in believing all that unfolded in the empty tomb yet we too need to believe the Words of the Scripture and accept the new life in Jesus. We require a lot of faith in Jesus who rose from the dead; the Body of Jesus was not there in the empty tomb instilled that Jesus is alive is the spiritual experience and growth in the maturity of believing the Risen Lord. We like or not, God always reveals the truth to someone. The Communion Antiphon cements our belief in the Risen Lord: “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore, let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.” (1 Cor.5:7-8). May you have a day full of blessing as we being a new month.

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