Fr Thomas’ Homily for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Happy & Blessed Easter to You

Christ is risen. Alleluia!  May the peace and joy of Easter fill your hearts and life.

Easter is the most profound celebration. It is the celebration of how Jesus won victory over death for us. Jesus has made us worthy to live beyond the physical death and decay.

Wouldn’t you tell everyone this good news – death has no more dominion on us. Spread this good news far and wide. That is what Jesus told his disciples. Do you think you are not worthy to speak of the life in Risen Christ. You are not alone. When Jesus asked his disciples to go and tell everyone that he is risen, he was not choosing the people who stood by him all through his trial, persecution and crucifixion. He included even the disciples who betrayed him when he needed their support most. Peter who denied Jesus at the time of trial was among them. This aspect of the Gospel is very encouraging.

Many of us may have lost our trust in God and Jesus Christ at different times of our life. We may have been denying Jesus at the times of trials. It does not matter anymore what kind of past commitments or lack of it we had. Now as the people of the blessed hope, we all shall share our faith in “the manifestation of the glory of our great god and Saviour Jesus Christ”. (Tit 2:13)

The greatest joy is that Christ has promised you and me also a life beyond our death on earth. We can have the foretaste of it during our life on earth through the newness of life and spirit we experience in our day-to-day life. The fellowship we encourage in the parish is part of it. Our charity we extend to the needy is also helping it. Most of all our communion with the Body of Christ is helping us to have the foretaste of godly and glorious life we are called to. With Paul we too can say: “‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?‘” (1 Cor. 15:55)

The stone that seals us in the doom of the tomb is our craze for worldly gains and fame. Having joined Christ in his sacrificial suffering, let us now come out darkness in life to a life of light and joy in our Risen Lord.