Rejoice for Christ has Resurrected

Today’s feast is central and crucial to our Christian faith. It is the celebration of Christ’s victory over death. In order to appreciate Easter Sunday, one must understand the meaning of the following words: suffering and death. First suffering, on Friday we were reminded of Christ’s suffering, as he laid on the cross, crucified, mocked and laughed at by the Sinedrin and the Romans. Suffering which was endured not only by Christ, but also by his Mother, Mary, as she stood beneath the cross, looking and crying at her Son and then all was finished as Christ himself said: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.” With these words Christ died. Then he was taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb. Until now one might say: “There’s nothing special here, even the two thieves, who were crucified next to Jesus, they too died on the cross and were then buried” Wait the story isn’t over. What comes next is the celebration of today’s feast: Christ won over evil, he won over death, and stood victorious, resurrected. As St Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians: “If Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”, Christ Resurrection, is the reason why all Christians rejoice, the reason behind our happiness not only today but for the rest of our lives.

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