CHURCH BUILDINGS MIGHT BE EMPTY ON EASTER, BUT SO IS THE TOMB....
The message of Easter is first communicated by the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene finds the tomb empty and runs to the apostles to tell them her astonishing news. Only in St John’s account are the apostles directly involved in finding that the tomb was empty, though neither Jesus nor an angel gave them any guidance about what it meant. The Beloved Disciple was beside Peter to see the discarded burial cloths within the tomb, and he at once realised what this meant: that Jesus had risen from the dead! That emptiness was actually the first symbol of our new life....
On Easter morning, the stone was rolled away. Are our hearts like a tomb awaiting new life? Is anything holding us back from renewal of spirit. As pope Francis says, “we are called to be people of joyful hope, not prophets of doom. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we get an infusion of hope and joy, and an invitation to share them by our way of living”. So we need to live with that confidence — with that powerful hope. Christ is risen and we will rise with Him! This is our Easter joy because we have the certainty of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and that gives us hope: the hope of eternal life.
So, whatever it is that worries us or is a burden for us at this time, if we trust in Jesus, if we follow Him, if we ask for His help, He is always there for each one of us. We are assured of this because He is alive! We may be physically isolated but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ. We are the Church. We are united in spirit. Even though we cannot celebrate Easter together this year we can follow the time and ceremonies that will be available from the Cathedral and Churches on line. I especially encourage families to watch the ceremonies together. While this situation continues, I will continue to pray and offer the Mass each day.
I wish all of you and your families Easter blessings! May the Risen Christ bless you. Happy Easter...!
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.