Easter: Joy! Hope! Marana tha!

by Edmond Lo
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 14:21-27

Revelation 21:1-5A

John 13:31-33A, 34-35

Already through 4 consecutive Easter Sundays the Church faithful have heard good news one after another through the gospel readings:

  • Easter Sunday - Jesus’ resurrection;
  • 2nd Sunday of Easter - The apostles were given the authority to forgive and retain sins after receiving the Holy Spirit from the risen Christ; Jesus’ divinity acknowledged by Thomas;
  • 3rd Sunday of Easter - Peter’s reconciliation with Jesus after denying him three times, and as the Church leader was given the important role of keeping and feeding Jesus’ sheep;
  • 4th Sunday of Easter - Jesus the Good Shepherd knows his sheep and will not let them perish.

Only four weeks ago, the force of evil was the order of the day. Confusion reigned. “What is truth?” Pilate blurted in exasperation (cf. John 18:38). Men killed the Son of God who came to save them.

Now more good news are on the way in this events-filled period of the Church’s liturgical year: Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to begin a new era of the Church on the sixth Sunday of Easter, the Ascension, and then the Pentecost! With renewed hopes and joyful hearts that Easter brings, let’s join the Church, the Bride, to pray for the return of her Groom: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20) Amen! Marana tha! (CCC1130)