Easter Sunday, 12/04/2020

The Gospel acclamation on this Easter day, invites us to feast with joy because, “Christ our Paschal lamb has been sacrificed.”  With the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the new earth and the new heaven has been inaugurated. Again “if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”  On the other hand, over 1.5 million people have been affected by the deadly virus, and more than 93,000 deaths from the same. In Kenya, crisis have been experienced running from heavy rains that caused landslides, and mudslides, followed by the locust’s invasion, and now the coronavirus disease.

Besides that, on the morning of Easter Sunday, we are filled with wonder and awe as we stand with the first believers at the empty tomb. It is an enormous contemplation of what has happened. He is not there, but what has taken place? Peter explains that, God intends to save all peoples. The Psalmist also with great joy acknowledges that what has taken place is the work of God himself. St. Paul contrasting earthly and the heavenly realities, urges us together with the Colossians to set our eyes to heaven, there Christ is seated, and we now have hope to share his glory. In the Gospel, Peter and the other disciple gradually come to know that Jesus is risen.

Furthermore, on this Easter day, our Christian dignity is revealed even at the middle of the deadly virus crisis we are experiencing globally.  The grace of the risen Christ gives us dignity to practice our intimate relationship with Christ Jesus. Again, the same grace of the resurrection transforms our lives and gives us the new attitude free from confusion, uncertainty and defeat.

Peace, and health, be safe.