“Easter Joy” by Matty Lester, Fiat Ventures

Easter Sunday

We’ve made it – Easter is here! Our Lenten sacrifices are in the rearview mirror, and you’re probably chomping some Reese’s peanut butter cups while you’re reading this! Easter is the day we celebrate the crowning, central truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, more important than even Christmas. It is the day of the Resurrection and Christ’s triumphant victory over sin and death.

Through the solemn observances of Lent, we have joined our sorrowful Blessed Mother in accompanying Jesus on the road to Calvary. Particularly on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, when we unite ourselves to our Lord’s Passion, contemplating the suffering Jesus endured for love of us, we are transformed through this uniting, in order to, also share in Jesus’ great culminating victory over sin and death. On Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ glorious Resurrection from the dead. Paul emphatically reminds us “and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” (1 Corinthians 15:17-18).

Just as we are called to share in Our Lord’s Passion and Death, we are also called to unite ourselves to His Resurrection during Easter. This greatest of gifts, given to us lovingly and freely by our Redeemer, has purchased for us eternal life. We can hope for no greater glory than to gain the Beatific Vision and live eternally with God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and saints in Heaven.

The Psalm for Easter Sunday says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Above all days, Easter is a day of joy. Easter Is a day we should be filled with joy and gratitude. Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection were for all of us, but also for each of us. Personally. I’ve often heard it said that while Christ was on the Cross, you were on his mind. Also, that if you were the only person who needed saving, Jesus still would have given his life for you, and raised you to new life in his Resurrection.   

Easter is not only the foundation of our faith; Easter also invigorates our hope. Hope draws our eyes upward, where God resides.  This week for Easter, let us all join with the chorus of the faithful as we proclaim, “Yes, rejoice and be glad for Christ is truly risen! Alleluia!”

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