Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter: From Darkness into Light

Easter, when disappointment was turned to delight, and delight was turned to destruction. Surely Satan and the forces of evil must have thought they had won. And if the forces of evil could have danced, surely they must have been dancing since the day that they thought they had killed the Son of God. Darkness seemed to have been reigning supreme from the time when Judas and an armed crowd, came under the cloak of darkness to arrest Jesus. Darkness provided the cover for their evil intentions and also for the shameful abandonment of Jesus by his disciples. Even Peter had to slink away into the darkness to hide his shame.

How Satan and the forces of evil must have rejoiced as "from noon onward there was darkness over the whole land," until at last Jesus “gave up His spirit." How they must have believed that this darkness was just a foretaste of the spiritual darkness which would rule the earth unabated by the Light of the World. But God had another plan and turned their delight to disappointment. Darkness instead of triumphing over Jesus simply provided a backdrop against which the dawning of the Light of the World could shine with increased glory.

While darkness still seemed to reign, Mary Magdalene and her companions, and later Peter and John, came "while it was still dark" only to find an empty tomb. Disappointment upon disappointment, or so it seemed at first, but when they realized that the face cloth was separate from the other burial wrappings, a ray of hope and light, pierced the darkness, never to be extinguished again. It was a ray of hope and light which was to grow in brilliance as Christ’s resurrection became known and understood. Praise God, disappointment is turned to delight!

"The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the 'first fruits', the 'pioneer of life'’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened."

Wherever or whenever you are experiencing darkness of the soul, Jesus is there, a Light shining in darkness. He can turn our disappointment to delight. The resurrection not only holds the promise of eternal life, but also the promise that Satan and the forces of evil will not prevail in our lives. In Christ, you are a new creation, and can experience the joy of living as a new creation. Like the disciple in today’s Gospel reading, we must see and believe. (emmausjourney)

God Bless!! Fr Elmer