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Absolute Example

Each year Holy Week confronts us with the absolute example represented by the person and life of Jesus of Nazareth. It connects us with His first passion: the kingdom of God and his justice, the cause to which His entire life was dedicated. It was this first passion what led Him to the second: Pilate’s unjust violence, which meant his death.

According to modern exegesis, two themes recur in the Easter stories. The first: Jesus lives. Christ continues being perceived after his death, even if in a radically new form. He is no longer the figure of flesh and bones, confined to a time and place, but a reality who can enter locked rooms, travel with his followers without being recognized, be seen in Galilee and Jerusalem, disappear at the moment of recognition, and remain forever with his followers, “until the end of the world”; definitively, Jesus is a figure not of the past, but of the present because he continues living and acting.

The second theme can be summarized in the following terms: God said “yes” to Jesus and “no” to the powers that killed him. God defended Jesus. This tight connection between the life-death and Resurrection of Jesus is present in the early preachings of the Apostles. Peter told the Jewish authorities: “Those whom you assassinated, God resurrected, making Him Lord and Messiah.” Easter, therefore, doesn’t speak of life after death or of a happy ending; it speaks of God’s “yes” to Jesus in opposition to the powerful who assassinated him.

Pope Francis brought to life the cross and the Resurrection of Jesus through the people crucified throughout history. He emphatically proclaimed: “Oh Cross of Christ, symbol of divine love and human injustice (…). Today too we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence (…). Today too we see you in expressions of fundamentalism and in terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence. Today too we see you in the powerful and in arms dealers who feed the cauldron of war with the innocent blood of our brothers and sisters (…).”

Furthermore, regarding its hopeful meanings, he prayed: “O Cross of Christ, image of love without end and way of the Resurrection, today too we see you in noble and upright persons who do good without seeking praise or admiration from others. Today too we see you in ministers who are faithful and humble, who illuminate the darkness of our lives like candles that burn freely in order to brighten the lives of the least among us. (…) Today too we see you in those who dream, those with the heart of a child, who work to make the world a better place, ever more human and just.”

In summary, we can affirm that celebrating Easter is to feel with joy that the resurrected one is integrated into our life, always sustaining what is just and pure flourishing in us. We can say, therefore: Happy Easter!

Source: Nuestra Parroquia