Happy Easter of the Resurrection!

At the heart of the Christian faith lies an event that transforms lives: the Easter of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It is more than an annual celebration; it is a reminder of the divine promise of salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to be Easter people, living our lives in gratitude for the greatest gift we have been given: the salvation of our souls.

Easter is not simply a historical event that we remember once a year, it is a reality that permeates every aspect of our existence. We, as Christians, live our lives filled with the hope and joy that come from the resurrection of Christ. This reality fills us with a deep sense of purpose and compels us to live according to the values of the Gospel.

As Easter people, our lives are marked by joy. We know that death does not have the final word, but that eternal life awaits us in God’s love. This certainly fills our hearts with joy even in the midst of trials and tribulations. Our joy is contagious, radiating hope around us and drawing others to the light of Christ.

In addition to joy, Easter fills us with peace. In a world marked by violence, hatred and division, we as Christians bring the peace of Christ wherever we go. We know that in Christ we find the true peace that the world cannot offer. This peace enables us to be instruments of reconciliation and unity in a divided world.

Easter also fills us with compassion. As we contemplate Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we are comforted by God’s immense love for humanity. This love compels us to love our neighbor as ourselves, especially the most in need and marginalized in society. As Easter people, we are called to show compassion and mercy to all whom we encounter.

But perhaps most importantly, as Easter people, we are called to love. Jesus gave us a new commandment: “love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another (Jn 13: 34).” This
commandment summarizes the entire law and the teachings of the prophets and is the foundation of our faith. As Christians, we are called to live in love, showing everyone that we encounter the
unconditional love of God.

A fundamental part of living as Easter people is proclaiming the Good News to all whom we encounter. As baptized Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility to share the transformative message of the Gospel with the world around us. Our very lives must be a living testimony to the love and grace of God, drawing others to the light of Christ.

Being Easter people is more than simply celebrating a religious event; it is living a life transformed by the power of Christ’s resurrection. As Christians and Catholics, we are called to live our lives in gratitude for the salvation that has been given to us and to reflect the joy, peace, compassion, and love that come from the salvation. May each of us truly be an Easter person, radiating the light of Christ in a world that so desperately needs it.