YOUTHS CELEBRATING AND SEEKING THE RISEN CHRIST

We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today by rising from darkness and death in our own lives. The Risen Lord, represented by this beautiful Easter candle burning with warmth and light, invites us to leave behind the works of darkness, and to renounce and reject anything in our lives which is wrong or selfish. This Easter day, as disciples joined to him by baptism, we resolve to ‘walk always as children of the light‘, following his footsteps. We are invited to renew our baptismal promises. These are: to reject darkness, evil and sin and resolve to follow Jesus Christ from now on, in a life of goodness and love, shaped by his powerful example. In this resolve we are supported and guided by the Holy Spirit, whom he promised to share with us and on whom we can always rely. So together, dear sisters and brothers, we will restate our baptismal promises as loudly, clearly and joyfully as we possibly can

Faith in Jesus, raised by the Father, didn’t spring up easily or spontaneously within the hearts of the disciples. Before their meeting with him, now full of new life, the Gospel writers talk about their confusion, their search around the tomb, their questions and uncertainties. Mary of Magdalen is the best prototype of what probably happens to all of them. According to John’s story, she seeks the crucified in the shadows, “when it was still dark.” Naturally she seeks him “in the grave.” She still doesn’t know that death has been conquered. That’s why the emptiness of the tomb leaves her upset. Without Jesus, she feels lost.

The other Gospel writers gather a different tradition that describes a search by the whole group of women. They can’t forget the Master whom they had known and loved: their love brings them to the tomb. They don’t find Jesus there, but hear the message that points out to them where they need to direct their search: “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He isn’t here. He has risen.”

Faith in the risen Christ isn’t born spontaneously in us either today, simply because of what we have heard from childhood. In order to open up to faith in the resurrection, we need to seek him personally. It’s decisive to not forget Jesus, to love him passionately and to seek him with all our energies, but not in the world of the dead. We must seek for the one-who-lives where real life is. If we want to meet the risen Christ, full of life and creative energy, we won’t find him in a dead religion, obsessed with protocols, laws and norms, but there where people live by Jesus’ Spirit, and are welcomed with love and responsibility in a family of faith.

We need to seek him, not among people who engage in sterile battles, heedless of Jesus’ love and spirit, but in little communities that put Christ in their centre because they know that “where two or three gather in his name, there he will be also.” Our best chance of meeting the one who lives is in seeking a new quality of relationship with him and by personally identifying with his project. A Jesus who is obscure and inert, who doesn’t touch hearts or spread freedom, is a “dead Jesus.” He isn’t the living Christ, risen by the Father, the one who lives and who gives life.

Happy Easter Sunday to us all!!!!!!!!!

                               F Didimus

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