Today the altar and atmosphere at mass is different from Good Friday; the mood is more joyous and the altar is not bare anymore. There is new life in the celebrations of Jesus’s triumph over sin and death.
The power of the resurrection gives us new meaning and hope that death is not the end and that we should come to accept our short comings and trials, just like how Jesus accepted his.
Amidst the joyous and happy celebrations, we were also asked to renew our baptismal promises in church. This is a way to start anew and to reject sin from our hearts. It is a second chance to be redeemed and to turn away from our sinful ways. Like the disciples, Mary was shocked and afraid to discover that Jesus’s tomb was empty. But we must not be afraid as the angel at the tomb said, ” You must not be afraid, ” he said,” I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said.”
It marks the day when we learn to accept the trials and tribulations in life just as Jesus accepted his fate and overcame them through his resurrection. Often, it is never easy to bear our burdens or to see the death of someone close to us. Though painful and difficult, it teaches us to make the most of our lives and also to be more humble, faithful and caring Catholics.
We also proclaim the word “Alleluia” which is “Praise the Lord” and Christians today mark Easter by rejoicing in Jesus’s resurrection and the importance of the renewal of our baptismal promises. It is an experience that will change our lives for the better through prayer, reading of the bible text and self-reflection.
The “Easter Song” is a classic and timeless hymn to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection and it is a timely reminder for us to embrace the fact that he has risen and is always with us at every moment of our journey.
My Lord he died for a kingdom
To redeem the hearts of men.
Now my people don’t you weep,
He has risen from His sleep
He lives again, ALLELUIA
SING ALLELUIA, THE LORD IS RISEN
HE IS RISEN INDEED ALLELUIA.
My Lord came forth like the morning
With the splendor of the sun
Came triumphant from the womb,
From the darkness of the tomb,
The victory won ALLELUIA!
God Bless and Praise the Lord that he has risen!
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong