“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm 118)

by Shiu Lan
The Resurrection of the Lord

Acts 10:34A, 37-43

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:1-9

Christ has died and is arisen. Darkness becomes light. Christ has redeemed all humanity from sin. We are in joyful hope that one day in God’s good time all those who have left this world will be resurrected like Jesus was.

In today’s Gospel reading, we heard how Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and appeared to Mary Magdalene. She recognized Jesus when He said to her “Mary!” (Gospel reading John 20:16). Later on the same day, Jesus appeared to his two sad-looking disciples who were on their way to a village called Emmaus. They recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread: “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,” (Alternate Gospel Reading Luke 24:30).

Every time we go to Mass, can we recognize Jesus during the Liturgy of the Eucharist? We learn from our Catholic faith formation or Catechism class that Jesus, body and blood, is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. But in addition to recognizing Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist, what else does it mean for us to recognize Jesus?

Today’s Mass Readings give us some clues. To recognize Jesus also means that we must “seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Second reading, Colossians 3:1-2). Knowing Jesus’ word in the Gospels is not enough, we must live it out every day. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” from being a “slave to sin” (Jn 8:31-32, 34).

Let us celebrate Easter in the way that St Paul taught the Corinthians, i.e. celebrating it “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (Alternate Second reading, 1 Corinthians 5:8). A life lived in sincerity and truth is the core of our Christian faith. After the Easter bunnies, chocolates, and brunches, we must also remember the true reason for the joy of Easter.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!