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March 23, 2008
Easter - The Event That Revives Hope
This Sunday we listen attentively to the very old and familiar story of Jesus’ Resurrection. The story reminds us that the first people on the scene after the death and burial of Jesus were two women. They had made plans to go to the tomb early in the morning in order to complete the preparations of his body according to Jewish burial rituals of the time. Like us, they made certain assumptions. Primarily they assumed that Jesus’ body would be found where they left it and that it would decompose over a period of time. The “spices” they would use in the ritual would keep down the smell.
As the two women approached the site of the burial they had many mixed feelings. High on the list were confusion and discouragement because their friend and teacher, in whom they had placed all their hope and trust, had been executed as a common criminal. The type of death he had suffered was usually reserved for rebels and slaves. They had hoped that Jesus would be the long awaited Messiah. They had placed their hope in the idea that Jesus would bring about the kingdom of God on earth. Their lives, once full of hope, had been thrown into chaos.
To make matters worse, once the women arrived at the site, they found the tomb empty. There seemed to be no rational explanation for this situation. Now, fear was added to the list of emotions. What was this all about? Why was this happening to them? The only positive thing that happened is that they heard the voice of an angel telling them not to be afraid because their friend that been raised from the dead.. We must not assume that these words completely dispelled that women’s confusion. Although they believed the words of the angel they did not fully understand its consequences. It is not as though the risen Jesus had drawn a blueprint for their future. Nonetheless the words served to give them hope.
Our personal lives are often filled with fear and confusion. There are many things we do not understand and many situations that give us reason to fear. The events that control our lives seem overwhelming and, at times, lead us down a road close to despair. How often do we sit back and think about our lives in such a way that sends a cold sweat through our system. How often do we wonder how we will survive all that is being asked of us by our families and our work places? And, how often do we place unnecessary burdens on ourselves only to realize that we are in over our heads and have no idea how we will be able to manage under these heavy burdens?
This Easter we are given a message of hope. Jesus’ Resurrection gives a believing Christian the opportunity to see life in a New Way. Easter give us Hope! Of course, we have to believe this. It does not happen through magic or through osmosis. Our Faith has the power to save us from ourselves. Jesus lives! He truly lives, and continues to have the power to save us and give us New Life. Do we believe? Is Jesus really alive for us? If not, then nothing new will happen and nothing will change. There will be no “New Life”. If we do believe then this is the greatest thing Christians can experience. We have the choice. Choose Life!
Happy Easter! Jesus Is Risen! He is Truly Risen!
Lorette P. Nault