New Life, New Hope. That is the meaning of Easter isn’t it? This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. With so many things going on, I feel that I am still inside the tomb and feeling my way in the darkness. I hope to get my momentum back soon as these two weeks are crucial to close the chapter of my semester. Let me be free from the chains of the semester as it has been 3 long years. I cling to the cross for the last lap of the semester, Jesus I need you!
The gospel reading opens by saying,“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,”They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead (John 20:1-9).”
During Easter Vigil, many churches saw the baptism of those that have journeyed through the RCIA programme. Truly, it was a joyous celebration, but the aftermath is more important and that is the continuation of walking the faith journey with Jesus. Even for me, in times of great tribulation and stress, I may not be able to recognize Jesus but let the influence of the evil one lead me to the wrong path. I have been feeling a sense of sadness and moodiness over the week as I struggle to make meaningful contributions to my group assignments which are due the following two weeks.
I pray that I will be like Mary Magdala who first recognized the significance of the resurrection of Jesus and the disciples who followed thereafter. Do we believe that Jesus is resurrected in our lives? He gives us new hope in triumphing over death and the snares of sin and even hell itself. For He did not lie with the dead but rose victorious so that He can redeem the world from darkness.
Today, I am in search of this new hope and in the resurrection of Jesus and I desire that I can see the light and walk out from the tomb. I should pray for more small pockets of time where I can find God in the things that I do (vocation discernment) and to trust that he will do the rest. For nothing is impossible without Jesus!
As we celebrate the joyous resurrection of Jesus, may we continue to pray for the prayer intentions of our Pope Francis for the month of April. “That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.”
“And for our daily prayer in keeping our Pope and all religious in prayers. Merciful Father, you have brought us to the light of a new day. Keep us safe from every sinful inclination. Grant me the grace to do what is pleasing in your sight through all my thoughts, words and deeds. I offer you this day for the intention of Pope Francis and all religious.”Amen.
I end this post with a hymn,”Jesus Christ is Risen Today“to celebrate the triumphal return of Jesus that we too who have faith and believe will walk closer with Him to our eternal reward. May Jesus prepare a room for us in His heavenly kingdom.
Have a blessed and holy Easter, dear readers, and do keep each other in prayer!
“Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!”
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong