Homily for Easter Sunday Year A
Theme: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Death is dead!
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday April 12 2020
(Jn. 20:1-9) Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Imagine the Lord Jesus with immeasurable joy! From His birth, ministry, passion, and death, He was faithful and obedient to His Father. Being the Messiah was not a walk in the park even if He was the Son of God. He was fully human. He was tempted with frustration, confusion, weakness, desperation, and even doubt. He never gave up. He held firm to His Father who never abandoned Him. And when His death came, He willingly gave it for His mission, for the redemption of mankind. After three days, He rose to life again! We call it Easter joy! It is not our joy about His rising. It is Jesus’ joy!
Jesus’ joy of the resurrection comes from the fruit of His obedience to the Father. Imagine Jesus seeing mankind unshackled from the chains of sin, from the slavery of evil. Imagine Jesus showing death as a part of life and not the end of life. The joy of Jesus is shown by His actions after His resurrection. He was all over Israel. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the two disciples who were on their way back to Emmaus, to the apostles in the cenacle, and He came back to bring Thomas the Good News! He even appeared to Paul, an executioner of Christians who later became His apostle to the Gentiles.
It is good to note that Jesus freely embraced His mission to offer His life as a ransom for sinners. It was not forcibly taken from Him. He was free to obey His Father. We must appreciate this generosity. Is it not true that the joy of giving is in the giving more than the gift itself? And receivers who enjoy the gift makes the gift more meaningful? Jesus was just too happy and excited to gift us with His life. Yes. He did. It just give us new life. He shared to us His life. When we recognize that generosity and enjoy His gift, we are renewed and become worthy of His gift.
It may seem that Easter joy is is a kill joy in our situation today. Bp. Broderick has this to say in His Pastoral Letter for Easter:
“Easter joy is not a joy because there are no problems. It is a joy which surprises all of us, because when God acts, He acts in unexpected ways.”
In the same way that the apostles were surprised by Jesus’ resurrection, we are in for a surprise this Easter season. The surprise may be global, national, or even personal. We would not be out of line if we are surprised with a solution to the present pandemic, or a miraculous cure to a sickness or one who is sick. How about a conversion of the whole world as a result of this pandemic? Actually there are more. The sudden stoppage of activities had purified so many. Many had begun reflecting on their lives. Conversion is not anymore an impossibility.
Finally, Easter reminds us that God is faithful. He is always with us and will never abandon us. Our relationship with Him is not without difficulties and suffering. But when we are faithful, just like Jesus, joy will be with us. As Easter people, we continue to hope. In the end, God will prevail.
Jesus is risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!