Posted by: livingscripture | April 8, 2012

EASTER SUNDAY

From the Word of the Day

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.”

                                         (Colossians 3: 1-2)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word

“The Lord is truly risen” the Liturgy sings on this holy day.  In the first reading of the Acts of the Apostles we read, “They put Him to death by hanging him on a tree.  This man God raised on the third day.”

This witness is given above all by the Gospels and it is the winning card of our faith.  “If Christ had not risen from the dead, our faith would be vain,”St. Paul affirms.  If Christ is risen, it means that there is a horizon for us.  Hope is the harbinger of joy, of unconditional life without pain, without tears, without death.  Corporal death is the opening of a door onto eternal light! St. Paul also tells us that if we have the hope of rising with Christ, we must follow the way of those ‘risen with Him’.

Thus, the joy and commitment of the verb ‘seek’ returns.  If we place all the energies of our heart in Jesus, already ascended to the right hand of the Father, one thing alone with His omnipotence of love and of glory, we are dedicated to seek, like Him, what pleases the Father, the good works that He leads us to desire and accomplish.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze on the Risen Jesus enveloped in glorious light.

Oh my Jesus, grant that I may understand what the Father wants of me and that I may do it with all my heart. 

The voice of St. John Damascene, Church Father

Let the entire universe celebrate!  Christ, eternal joy, is risen!


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