Death has been defeated! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
The long wait is over: Easter has arrived. He is Risen! For forty days we have been in a penitential mood, making sacrifices and offering them in union with, as St. Paul says, “Christ our Pasch (who has been) sacrificed.” Now, as the Apostle tells us, “let us feast.” As an early Church father put it, “The sacrifice comes first, and then it is possible to make the transition from the old life to the new” (Ambrosiaster, Commentary on Paul’s Epistles).
While we will never comprehend the mystery of the Resurrection, we know it has a dramatic, life-changing impact on each one of us. For the Resurrection has destroyed man’s greatest enemy: death. As St. Augustine preached:
“He died, but he vanquished death; in himself he put an end to what we feared; he took it upon himself and he vanquished it, as a mighty hunter he captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist and now it is dead. Of life, death of death!” Sermon 233.3-4.
There is nothing in this world that can change an empty tomb.
- Adapted from Scripture & Tradition: Easter Sunday