HOMILY FOR EASTER MONDAY.
THEME: Tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee: they will see me there.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE, SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is the Easter Monday witch is the second day of the Easter Octave, which lasts until the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, and in fact, the whole Easter season lasts a period of an entire fifty days until the Pentecost Sunday.
*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
Jesus Christ is alive, and in him we have our life. This is the message that Peter preached to the people on the day of Pentecost, as we heard in our first reading, drawing on the psalms to teach them that it was not David, but his descendant, Jesus, the promised Messiah, who, although dead and buried, did not experience the corruption of sin and death, but rose again, overcoming their power, to bring new life to us all.
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*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
The mood of Easter is very well captured at the beginning of this morning’s gospel reading, ‘Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples’. Easter is a feast that fills us with great wonder and joy because it tells us that God’s love is stronger than human sin, and the life God gives is more powerful than the death humans often inflict on each other. Easter also tells us that we do not walk through life alone. As the risen Lord says to the women in today’s gospel reading, ‘Go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there’. As the risen Lord went ahead of his disciples to Galilee, so he goes ahead of us to all the places that we journey to and find ourselves in.
All of us as followers of the Lord, men and women, have a vital role to play in proclaiming the Easter message of the triumph of life over death. We are all called to be life-givers in some way, people who care for and protect life, the life of each other, the life of the vulnerable, the life of our common home, our environment. This mission of proclaiming the Lord of life, the God of the living, by our lives is all the more vital in a world where the taking of life has become more commonplace. The world needs the life proclaiming ministry of the risen Lord now more than ever.
Happy Easter Monday to Everyone.
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