HIS WORD… my words…
Fr. Julius C. Lupot
UST Graduate School
APRIL 16, 2017 – EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (Cycle A)
READINGS: Acts 10: 34. 37-43 / Psalm 118: 1-2. 16-17. 22-23 / Colossians 3; 1-4 OR
1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 / JOHN 20: 1-9 OR LUKE 24: 13-45 (for Evening Mass)
HIS WORD…THEN THE OTHER DISCIPLE ALSO WENT IN, THE ONE WHO ARRIVED AT THE TOMB FIRST, AND HE SAW AND BELIEVED. FOR THEY DID NOT YET UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURE THAT HE HAD TO RISE FROM THE DEAD.
my words…Today, EASTER SUNDAY is the peak of all Christian celebrations throughout the Liturgical Year and should be the most joyful and happiest day of the whole Christendom! Why? God’s PROMISE is fulfilled… Prophecies are actualized… Salvation History is completed… The journey of human life is perfected… The fetters of death are shattered… Sin is overcome… A victory is accomplished… All because JESUSCHRIST is truly risen from the dead!
Brothers and Sisters, Every year we celebrate two PASKO: Pasko ng Pagsilang (PaskosaPagkatawo) and Pasko ng MulingPagkabuhay (PaskosaPagkabanhaw). In our copied and inherited culture, we Filipinos give more color and more rejoicing at Pasko ng Pasilang (Christmas); and not being aware that the Pasko ng MulingPagkabuhay (Easter) is theologically and doctrinally the most important mystery in Salvation History. It is the summit or peak mystery of all life. Christmas has two weeks only of celebrating it; Easter has seven weeks of celebrating it and ending it on the 50th day, the Pentecost Sunday.
Easter Sunday should be the most joyful moment of salvation history for Jesus has won for us new life over sin and death! Alleluia!!! Many thought based in our Filipino culture again that the Holy Week celebrations climax at Good Friday (Biyernes Santo) and that is why Churches in the Philippines are filled with people on Good Friday because this is the day that people who DO NOTuse to go Church will fulfill their Christian obligation; and not knowing that Biyernes Santo is the only day of the year that Mass is NOT CELEBRATEDand only then these people go to Church!!!Yes, as one priest thoughtfully and reflectively points out, “Good Friday is a sorrowful moment because it commemorates a seeming defeat. Easter Sunday, on the other hand, is a joyful day because it celebrates a triumph. It is a day when Christians rejoice in the victory of Christ over death. That is what the EMPTY TOMB in the Gospel reading signifies. The neatly folded burial clothes as well as the cloth that covered the head of Jesus indicate that death has lost its grip on Jesus. Christ cannot remain forever entombed in a burial cave, or wrapped up in burial clothing material. Christ and everything He stood and worked for cannot be simply tucked away and forgotten. The last word is not falsehood but truth, not wickedness but righteousness, not sinfulness but goodness, not violence but peace, not darkness but light, not hatred but LOVE. Death does not have the last word on Jesus but life does…” (Quoted from Fr. Victor S. Nicdao, SambuhayMissalette, St. Pauls Media Pastoral Ministry, 2014).
Brothers and Sisters, Easter Sunday is indeed the most beautiful day of life!!! Let us celebrate it because Jesus has given us the pledge and hope of eternal lifein theKingdom of Heaven.
HAPPY AND GLORIOUS EASTER SUNDAY TO ONE AND ALL…