The Resurrection of Jesus
“He is not here, he has been raised just as he said (Mt.28:7).”
The resurrection is the fulfillment of the promise that Jesus will come again in glory. It emphasizes the idea that the Lord is faithful forever. This is telling us that he is at all times true to his promise and that he is the Lord of life. As the Lord of life he will live forever to journey with his people. And his Kingdom will have no end for he lives in eternity. Jesus is life and he lives forever.
On the other hand, he is sending the message of hope through his resurrection also. We need to remember that resurrection happens after the passion and death. From the painful experience he rises in glory to prove that death has nothing to do with life. His death on the cross is only a way to let us understand that death could not hinder him in showing his love for us. He is telling us in his resurrection that in spite of our limitations he is there alive to embrace us and let us understand that he cares for us. His passion and gradually his death are reminding us of our own limitations before him. And because of these he offers his life on the cross that we may have life. And this life is a life to the full. Therefore, we need to realize that because of our sins and failures he prefers to embrace the cross. He thinks nothing of himself but solely of loving us. We are the reason of his suffering and death and because of these we receive life, a new life with him. His gives us hope in the midst of our faults and failures. “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
If we have to be honest in reflecting the resurrection we could say that we are not worthy of this given new life to us. We have failures and our failures are greater than our goodness. We are nothing actually before him but he shows us that his love for us surpasses our limitations. He is the Lord of life and love. With this we could be speechless before him and from the recesses of our hearts in silence and in awe and wonder we can only say, “Thank you Lord for loving us though we are not worthy.”
Rev. Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS
Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament