Family and Faith

Reflection: May the Blessings of Easter be with you always!

“On entering the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter. He is going before you to Galilee it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’”
—Mark 16: 5–8

Christ is light! Thanks be to God!
Christ is Risen! Alleluiah! Alleluia!

The long period of repentance and renewal has ended for Lent is over. Lent is past. Lent is gone. Easter is here, let us rejoice and be glad.

Today, Christians celebrate the mother of all solemn feasts, Easter. Darkness is gone, the light is at hand. Christ conquered death when he rose to life. When in dying God destroyed life and in rising, God restored life. Easter is the core of Christian faith.

Through Jesus’ suffering and death, we are saved. And therefore we live in Him and with Him, we all rose with Christ on this day. We have reflected and renewed the life, passion and death of Christ, thus we are transformed in His resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ has changed everything—the world and the people who follow Christ.

With grateful and humble hearts, we now receive and celebrate the gifts of the love and mercy of God; may the blessings of Easter be upon us!

We now live in Christ. There is new life after all, in Christ.

New Life in Christ. Having reflected and transformed in the paschal mystery of Christ during the Holy Week and our Lenten observance as a repentant sinner, as a returning child, or as a converted follower, we have suffered and died with Christ. Our lives are assessed and evaluated to pattern our lives in Christ’s standards. Now we can claim and gain life eternal in the Risen Christ as Easter is here.

When we die with Christ, we can claim the experience and grace of the Resurrection. For only in dying and death in Christ that we live eternally. In union with all the Christians throughout the world, we proclaim just like what the Psalmist exhorts: “This is the day that the Lord has made, we rejoice and are glad!”

In the mystery of our Baptism, we are blessed and born again in Christ. During the Easter vigil, we all renewed our baptismal promises to remind us of the greatness and mercy of God as well as our fidelity to Him.

Renewed Christian life. When one is renewed in the love of God, there is newness and freshness in everything we do. Everyone is seen as a neighbor with a name, a kapwa. There will be new wine and new wineskin; new eyesight and new lenses; new life and new perspectives in life; new direction with and with clearer conscience. New priorities and new ways to deal with the different aspects of one’s life; new self and new spirit. The spirit now is more alive, more inspired, more resolved, more bold, more stable, more firm, more real. Finding one’s true self in Christ is a blessing to discover and enjoy.

We are made new and refreshed in Christ as we rose with Him on this day of Easter. Christians all over are rejoicing as we receive the one true light, Jesus, the Christ.

We become graceful and blessed Christians. We sing and echo with all the choirs of angels and the saints, and with all men and women: Alleluiah! God is so great, so good, that He saved us in order for us to live and have life eternal.

We are a people of the Resurrection, an Easter people. We are a people of Hope—hope that springs from our faith and nurtured by love. As an Easter people, we work for Hope, we build a hopeful world. We build a world that has full trust in God’s goodness and the goodness of others.

As a people of grace and blessing, Christians should not only remember Easter for egg-hunting, group outings and partying, but as a holy day for us as God gave us hope to hold on. That like Christ, after our existence on earth, life does not end but only changes as the resurrection of Christ is a proof and testimony that there will be life eternal with God and with all our loved ones when that time comes.

As a people of Hope who have firm faith and tenderly love, we can make the world anew, a better place to live in. This is possible as we are all children of the light who are more than willing to share the light we have received from the Risen Christ.

Hence, we are invited and asked to:

1. Rejoice and be glad as the Lord Jesus has risen from the dead.
2. Celebrate and enrich one’s life in the Risen Christ.
3. Share with gratitude the blessings of Easter with those who have not risen with Christ, especially those Christians who refuse to live in accordance to Christ’s messages of love in the Gospel.
4. Rest and grow in Christ for he is the risen One.
5. Be a light for others, be a living sacrifice and testimony of the love of God to others.

Prayer: Lord, may we receive the joys and blessings of Easter for our families, communities, and friends. May we be ever faithful to perform our Christian duties and obligations now as we had risen with Christ. With new life in Christ, we share the Easter blessings we receive to those who have not risen with Christ in their hopelessness and lack of faith. Renew them and transform them in your light and love. May the Easter blessings be upon you, now and forever. Amen.

Christ is Risen! Alleluiah! Alleluiah! May the Easter Blessings be with you all.