Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
Happy Easter! This season of joy centers on Christ’s Resurrection—the opening of heaven to us who believe. As we hear in the beautiful Sequence read before our Gospel, Victimae Paschali Laudes: “Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!” By His victory over sin and death Jesus has given us new life. He is the victorious King who frees us from slavery to sin in His Mercy. “Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father.”
Mary Magdalene is the appropriate first witness to Jesus’ Resurrection because she represents the sinner who is reconciled to God by Jesus’ Passion and Death. Her joyful testimony could come from our lips equally as well: “Yes, Christ my hope is arisen.” The Resurrection of Jesus matters to me. It is not merely an historical event; Jesus rose from the dead to open heaven for each one of us. We can personally rejoice in His sacrifice because it washes away our actual, personal sins. I have hope because of what He did for me.
As we celebrate this joyful Easter Season, let us keep in mind that the cause of our joy is Jesus’ victory over sin and death. The forgiveness of sins is possible because of the shedding of His Most Precious Blood, and our entry into Heaven is opened by His Resurrection.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn