Homily for Easter Sunday Year A
Theme:TThe Power of the Risen Lord
By: Fr. Cyril Smith
HOMILY: The world is powerless before God and death is a toothless dragon in the face of His Majesty. His suffering and death constitute the Foundation for the greatest of victories in the history of the world. This is the story of our Lord Jesus Christ, as the glory of Easter is manifest in His victory over death and over the sum of the powers of darkness. This is our victory as well; the victory we gained through faith in the Risen One and by our entrance into the mysteries of His Life through Baptism. May the joy of Easter overflow in the entirety of our beings and endeavours; Amen.
The gory scenes are over and now we have before us an array of divine glory. Darkness is overthrown by an irresistible brilliance of the Light of Victory; the Light that shines from the entrance of the Tomb that is empty; the Empty Tomb that bears witness to Life and to the New Dawn of God’s manifestation of His power and reign. The testimony of the apostles and witnesses of the Resurrection scene speaks volumes to us. In the First Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43), Saint Peter addressing the household of Cornelius made it clear that “they killed Jesus by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen.” The disciples’ encounter with the Risen Lord, in concrete terms, was a turning point in their understanding of the person and mission of our Lord. This encounter changed their entire perspective about life and about God’s relationship with humanity and filled them with the most noble message that remains relevant through all the ages, the Good News that the Tomb is empty, that the Lord is Risen; for Peter, together with John the beloved and Mary of Magdala who is the first bearer of the latest news in town to the apostles, “went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head” (John 20:1-9).
The Christian Life is a life of witness, witnessing to the power and sovereignty of the Risen Lord. Witnessing to the power of the Risen Lord involves immersing ourselves into this power through our spiritual experience at baptism and through the process of Christian maturity by means of the reception of the other Sacraments and participation in the doctrinal, devotional and disciplinary banquet of the Church rooted and sustained by the Word of God. Witnessing to the sovereignty of the Risen Lord involves putting all within our power into the proclamation and building up of His Kingdom here on earth in view of its full manifestation at the end of time. Being a witness to the glory of the Resurrection is accepting the truth of the superiority of His Kingdom of Light over the powers of darkness and the eternal victory of Life over death. These are the contents of the Easter joy; the joy that must be celebrated, shared and spread to all the corners of the earth. This is the mission of Christians and of all those who seek God with a sincere heart. Faithfulness to this mission rebrands our attentiveness and sensitivity to heavenly things, redefines our relationship with God the Father of us all, and builds within us the spiritual antenna that is powered by the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, to transcend the vicissitudes and tensions of the life here below as to connect and focus on “the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand… so that when Christ is revealed, and He is your life, you too will be revealed in all your glory with him” (Col 3:1-4). This is the very fruit of the resurrection of Christ; to bring us to new life. This life is lived in full by those who bear witness, constantly and faithfully, to the Risen Lord.
Risen Lord, outside of You we have no life in us and we vagabond around the domain of death and waste away in the realm of the defeated. Bring us to consciously participate and herald the blessedness of the Resurrection Power and may this Power bring the world to new life and to a victorious path over this Pandemic of the Coronavirus; Amen.
Happy Easter; Fr Cyril CCE