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What Easter Brings [Awakening Faith]

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“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

The passion of our Savior is the salvation of mankind. The reason why he desired to die for us is that he wanted believers to live with him forever. In the fullness of time it was his will to become what we are, so that we might inherit the eternity he promised and be with him in heaven.

There is a superb grace given by these heavenly mysteries, the gift that Easter brings, the most longed for feast of the year. This day marks the beginning of newly formed creatures: children born from the life-giving church, born anew with the simplicity of little children, and crying out with the evidence of a purified mind and heart.

The Easter festival brings the grace of holiness from heaven to people. Through the repeated celebration of the sacred mysteries they receive the spiritual nourishment of the sacraments. Fostered in the very heart of the church, the fellowship of one community worships the one God, adores the holiness of his triple name, and together with the prophet sings the psalm that belongs to this yearly festival: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad” (Ps. 118:24).

And what is this day? The dawn of this day is the light of the Lord Jesus Christ himself, the Author of light, who brings the sunrise and the beginning of new life. He says of himself, “I am the light of day; whoever walks in daylight does not stumble” (John 8:12). That is to say, whoever follows Christ in all things will come by this path to the throne of eternal light.

Early Church Presbyter

 

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