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Called to a resurrection life

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Christ’s resurrection is pivotal – it assures forgiveness, defeats death, offers new life, and empowers believers

The gospel passage according to Saint John tells us about the first proof and the first witnesses to the resurrected Christ; they are Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and the Beloved Disciple.

The three witnesses could be considered credible, objective, and reliable witnesses because first, Mary of Magdala was the one whom Jesus healed and expelled seven demons from, and, later on, she followed him up to the foot of the cross.

Second, Simon Peter and the Beloved disciple were very close to Jesus and on most occasions, they are seen together with the Lord in this gospel.

At that time, on the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark, and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away.

She ran to Peter, and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

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Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb.

They ran together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter.

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered the tomb; he, too, saw the linen cloths lying flat.

Reflecting on this Gospel of John can deepen our understanding of the resurrection’s significance, inspiring gratitude for Jesus’ victory over death and sin.

It underscores the role of faith in recognizing Jesus’ presence, guiding us through doubt to a deeper relationship with Him.

The passage also highlights the disciples’ individual responses and their mission to share the good news. It encourages us to witness to the resurrection in our own lives, sharing faith and hope with others.

Pope Francis delivered a powerful homily on the significance of the resurrection that resonated with the faithful.

In essence, he said:

“In the Gospel of the Easter Vigil, we encounter the women who visit Jesus’s tomb with spices to anoint His body. Their act of compassion and love for the departed mirrors our own feelings when faced with loss.

“Yet, something unexpected happens: the tomb is empty, and they encounter two men in dazzling clothes who declare, ‘He is not here; but has risen.’ This event leaves them perplexed, questioning, and full of wonder.”

He continued: “Similarly, in our lives, newness can be unsettling. God’s surprises often challenge our sense of security.”

Pope Francis encourages us not to close our hearts to this newness.

When we feel weary, burdened by sin, or unsure of our path, we must remain open.

There are no situations God cannot transform, no sins He cannot forgive if we allow Him in.

Pope Francis calls on the faithful to “embrace the resurrection’s transformative power.”

He encourages us: “Just as the tomb was empty, our lives can be filled with hope, renewal, and joy. The risen Christ invites us to step beyond fear and uncertainty, trusting in His love and mercy.”

Truly, the resurrection of Jesus holds immense significance in the Christian faith. Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross was sufficient to atone for our sins.

Through Jesus’s vindication, we are also justified—our sins forgiven and our relationship with God restored.

The resurrection not only defeated death for Jesus but also for us.

As the Second Adam, Jesus represents humanity, and His victory over death extends to all who trust in Him.

New Life and Restoration: Christ’s resurrection means new life for believers.

We share in His resurrection life, both in this world and the world to come. Just as we will be resurrected, the world itself will be restored. However, those who reject Christ face everlasting death.

The resurrection enables Christians to receive the power of Christ’s life within them. It seals the promise that believers will experience resurrection life and eternity with Him.

Christ’s resurrection is pivotal – it assures forgiveness, defeats death, offers new life, and empowers believers.

Christ is risen, truly risen! Happy Easter everyone!

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