Due to a technical upgrade, I could not wish you a HAPPY EASTER! However, liturgically we are in the Easter Octave and therefore, “Happy Easter” and may the peace of the Risen Christ and the joy of the holy season be yours.
The Holy Week was a loaded one, both spiritually and emotionally for all those who participated in the services. Partaking in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ in the kairological mode, though we do this in chronological times, was very involving. It’s a wonderful way to own up to the Passion, Death and Ressurection of Christ to ourselves.
The Risen Savior is in our midst, having faced all the agonies of humanity in his passion. Jesus is, in His Risen Glory, much closer to us in our humanity. He is “Emmanuel” – God who is with us – through every phase of our lives. As in the Blessing of the Paschal Candle of the Easter Vigil service, we read:
Christ yesterday and today
the Beginning and the end Alpha
and Omega (omega below the cross)
all time belongs to him
and all the ages
to him be glory and power
through every age for ever. Amen
Here’s St. Paul’s quote of Jesus as the image of the invisible God.How wonderful is the knowledge of this.
10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:10-20)
May the Lord of our lives bless you during this Easter season and everyday of your life with His own words, “Peace be with you!”