Easter Sunday Hints for the spiritual life
Prayer: O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the Solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Congratulations for participating and celebrating the huge salvific events of Christ for our salvation! Last year’s Easter, we celebrated it and reminded ourselves of the potency it has to enlarge our Emotional Bank Account (EBA) through the reality of the RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Today again is Easter Sunday! A day we have been waiting for. A day, we the favoured Children of God and Christ’s faithful worldwide celebrate the Resurrection of the Son of God who came, walked among us, and overcame Satan and his works – sin, death and hell. So, we have become an ALLELUIA PEOPLE. Our story is different now and forever. Please let us appreciate this glorious celebration and make the mighty works of Christ known. As we do so, let us not forget that the best sign and fruit of witnessing in the name of the Risen Christ is our life – spiritual life. Therefore, take note of the following:
Have you ever thought of yourself as Precious? Have you been celebrating your life? Are you excited about life? Before the foundation of the world, the Lord had chosen us and destined us to be holy and blameless (Eph. 1:4-5). And in order to achieve His purpose for us, He redeemed or bought us through His Precious Blood (1Peter 1:19). Please pause a bit and celebrate your life at Easter. Note, Our God is always a chief celebrant.
Have you ever thought of yourself as Immortal? Yes, that is what Easter offers you and I. You and I are to live forever just the way the Risen Lord is living today and forever!
Have you ever thought of yourself as the truth and reality of God’s handiwork? Easter says that truth cannot be hidden, even if attempts are made, in three days the truth will be revealed and celebrated.
Have you been positive about life? Easter is a sign of the positive nature of our spiritual life. No wonder, Jesus the Positive Psychologist gave us EIGHT BEATITUDES in Matthew 5:3-10. Please do not be caught up in the gloomy trend of this passing world. There are two worlds in operation – the city of God and that of the devil. Easter brings us the lofty content of the City of God – Life everlasting, Happiness, Joy, Hope, Blessed assurance, Victory over sin and death, Glory and Light over darkness. Please be grateful and express your gratitude through signs of appreciation and thanksgiving such as smiles, laughter and jokes.
Have you ever thought of yourself as perfect and impeccable? Have you been too serious with life, so obsessively perfectionistic and rigid to oneself? Take it easy! Accept life and treat it with a lot of humour and play. To do so, will be a hallmark of humility. At Easter, the Exsultet or Easter proclamation says; “O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O HAPPY FAULT THAT EARNED SO GREAT, SO GLORIOUS A REDEEMER! Laugh at your failures and mistakes in life and get on! Smile, laugh and play over the paradoxes of life just the way God has done over sin, death and Satan. Note, our God has a sense of humour.
HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY EASTER!
Father John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep