He is risen!
Indeed, He is risen!
We have so much for which to be grateful, especially God's gift of himself to us in the person of Christ Jesus, crucified & risen.
We should also be grateful for our Pope, whom I believe to be one of the greatest theological & philisophical intellects of recent times, while still preaching & teaching in a wonderful pastoral manner. Click here for his amazing homily for Easter Vigil from the Vatican website.
Of course the central message is Baptism, but notice all the different approaches & symbols he uses to reveal its meaning & power. There is too much there to take in at once - it requires pondering from several different angles:
The postponing of death vs. the medicine of immortality,
The oil of gladness & the garment of light,
The darkness of the fallen world of the West vs. the rising sun of the East,
The works of death & of life,
Finally, the gift of joy.
I wish you all a peaceful & joyful Paschal week.
Resurrexit sicut dixit
"He is risen, as he said." Mt 28:6
Photo from Whitefriar's church in Dublin, Ireland