Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Prospera Pascha Sit! Frohe Ostern!
Buona Pasqua! Christos Annesti! Happy Easter!
Today is the Solemnity of Solemnities, the Feast of Feasts. The day that Christ rose from the dead is the day in which Christ showed the entire world that He was indeed God, that He has conquered death, and to those who accepted His Gospel he gave the pledge of eternal life.
When Adam and Eve made the decision to disobey God’s command, they divorced mankind from God. They set the example of behavior for mankind to continually turn away from God through our own personal disobedience and sins. They, and we, gave/give a resounding ‘I will not serve’ just like Satan did when he turned away from God.
The example of Christ this past week, however, is the exact opposite. He declared that He would serve, and while He prayed for the chalice of Good Friday to pass away from Him, he remained the obedient Son of God who was sent to take away the sins of the world. Because of one man’s disobedience (Adam), we forever lost friendship with God. Because of one man’s obedience (Christ), we have again been offered not just friendship, but status as the sons and daughters of God.
Today is a festive day because it is the day that the Lord has made. This is the day that stands before all others because today the God made man has trampled under foot the sins of the entire world. This is the day that Satan never saw coming when he filled men’s hearts with hatred for Christ, causing them to call for His crucifixion. On that day Satan believed He had conquered God, but today we see that God has conquered Satan and death.
May we all take joy in this day, in the feasts that we have and in the relaxation that we enjoy. Today, once again, the Bridegroom is with us and we must not fast nor be sad. The struggle and penances of Lent are now past us, for a time, as we remember the fact that we are a “chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Having recalled this past Holy Week what our Savior has done for us, may we forever reject sin. When the tempter comes for us, may we remind him that he has been defeated by Our God. That we too are called to the glory of the Resurrection after we pass from this valley of tears. After this Easter Sunday comes and goes, especially amidst the penances and difficulties we face in life, may we remember the glory that the Lord promises to those who are faithful to Him. Have a blessed Easter and week ahead!