Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday 2010

There is a scene from Franco Zeffirelli’s TV mini-series, “Jesus of Nazareth,” that has always stayed with me. It takes place on Easter Sunday morning, a temple official, who had hoped that with the death of Jesus, it would end the movement Jesus was leading, arrived at the tomb where Jesus was buried. As he looks into the empty tomb, he mutters, “Now it begins; now it all begins.” With the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, his first followers, who had previously been full of despair, are now full of hope. A new dawn had come for humanity, the power of sin and death had been broken. There is new hope in the world. This was the Good News the Risen Christ would charge the Apostles to proclaim to the entire world. It is this Good News that Jesus asks us to believe, and to proclaim to others by our words and lives.

Belief can sometimes be difficult, because it can be challenged both by tragedies, crisis’s, and hardships of the world, and our own lives. There may be moments where we, like the Apostles, may not at first believe, or understand the Resurrection; but the light of Christ will breakthrough to us, will dawn in our hearts. And when that happens, we will be able to proclaim: “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”

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