Easter Vigil 2017: The true meaning of Resurrection

April 16, 2017

In his Easter Vigil homily, Rev. Fr. Ting Raymundo, OFM Cap. shared a meaningful and moving meditation: "As a Catholic, this (Resurrection) defines who I am." As St. Paul (1 Cor. 15:14) tells us, "...if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain." The Resurrection is the center and foundation of our very faith. Without it, the Catholic Church wouldn't exist. The Resurrection confirmed all the truths and teachings proclaimed by Jesus Christ, which He passed down to the apostles, to the early fathers of the Church, and to us today. It affirmed that Jesus, while being 100% human, is 100% God, Son of the Father. It fulfilled Jesus' sacrificial act in the Cross to save us from sin. The redemption of all creation through the Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us is completed in the Resurrection.

Jesus is the source and summit of our faith. He is the one who gives meaning to all our thoughts, words, and actions from day to day. As Christians, as His followers, we suffered with Him in His passion and died with Him in His death. Now, we rise with Him into new and eternal life as He destroys death in the Resurrection.

As sharers in the glory of Christ, we Christians, are Easter people. Easter is you, me, all of us. Through our lives, we preach the light and joy of the Resurrection. The very moment we were baptized, we have become Easter people who deny themselves and die in themselves in order to live in Christ and for others. In the midst of trial and suffering, we fear not because we know that there is the glory of the Resurrection. Like Jesus, we know that it is in dying that we are born into the glory of eternal life.

Christ is truly risen, alleluia, alleluia!

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