Holy Saturday at Easter Vigil
April 3, 2021
The Easter Language: Alleluia
Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia! Alleluia! “He has been raised; he is not here.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate joy and purpose of his Incarnation (Christmas) and Passion (Lent). Jesus invites all of us to live a life of Easter. How do you live a life of Easter? How do you listen, think, talk, act or believe today? What are you looking for everyday in order to live a life of the resurrection? I would like to use the word ALLELUIA to introduce a few languages of Ester of Jesus Christ.
1)Amazing. If you and I live in the moments of Easter, we see everything with the eyes of wonder and beauty. You can hear “the spirit of life” moving and living inside you and around you. You can understand and communicate with the sun, moon, animals and nature with the language of the heart. Your heart is burning with joy.
2)Lovely. You may recognize everything is so beautiful and lovely, including You. You are lovely. You can look at yourself in the mirror and check it out. You can see God in you. And you can see others in God.
3)Lively. The Easter persons do not live in death, but in liveliness. Even if it seems to be dead and losing in life, they still believe that they will live and live eternally. Because Jesus conquers the death.
4)Evangelizing. The Easter people cannot live in a safe cage of fears and selfishness but in a free spirit of sharing. They go out and proclaim the good news of life, joy, peace and mercy of God to all people.
5)Letting-go. Many people celebrate Easter only one day. The rest of their lives is Lent. They keep holding on to the crucified Jesus. They love to visit and revisit the hurts and the hopeless experiences. Let go and let God is the strategy of Easter.
6)United: The people of Easter live and promote the spirit of unity. Our God is the God of inclusiveness and togetherness. Beware the evil language of division and hatred. The Trinity is the God of unity.
7)Illuminating. Your presence is God’s present for others. You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth. The world needs more light today.
8)Alive. The spirit of being alive is the spirit of celebration. Each life (yours, others’ and all creatures) is blessed by God. God said, “It is good.” Let us celebrate together our lives, faiths and families.
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.
Let us speak and live the language of Easter!
Happy Easter! Alleluia!
Question: How do you celebrate your Easter life?