YEAR C: HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY
HOMILY THEME: HALLELUJAH! THE LORD HAS RISEN AS HE SAID!
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.
HOMILY: A very happy Easter to you my dearest friends! Last night during the Vigil, the mother of all vigils, which started with the solemn blessing of the fire and the subsequent procession into the church, there came the proclamation of the Exultet, which was a glorious invitation for us all to join the Heavenly powers in rejoicing.
The line that says: “let this holy building shake with joy, filled with mighty voices of the peoples”, aptly captures the emotions of today’s celebration.
Easter has been considered the central Christian feast. As Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15,14, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Without Easter—without the Resurrection of Christ—there would be no Christian Faith. Christ’s Resurrection is the proof of His Divinity, and therein lays our hope.
Easter is not only the greatest Christian feast; Easter Sunday symbolizes the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. Through His Death, Christ destroyed our bondage to sin; through His Resurrection, He brought us the promise of new life, both in Heaven and on earth.
That is why new converts are traditionally brought into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) at the Easter Vigil service, on Holy Saturday evening. The new life that the resurrection of Christ offers us is a life of hope, making us to trust that our hope in God will never be in vain.
As the joy of the resurrection fills our hearts today, may we make this joy to impact on our brothers and sisters as we join in bringing the news of the risen savior to them.
Happy and Joyous Easter to you!
Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.