Iglesia Filipina Independiente
‘HE IS NOT HERE, HE IS RISEN!” (Luke 24:6)
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
A joyous Easter to you, my brothers and sisters.
The Gospel according to Luke (Luke 24:1-12) narrates how the women who had gone to the tomb to finish the preparations for the burial of Jesus found out the stone rolled away. They entered the tomb where Jesus dead body was laid but they did not find him. Instead, there were two men who told them these words; “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, he is risen.”
“Jesus is risen!” we proclaim, as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of Jesus is the message of this very day. As Christ lives, he lives among us and he lives in us.
Indeed, Christ is risen and he lives among us. We experience the mystery of the Resurrection in every day through the wonderful gift of new life from God. To live this new life is the power of the Resurrection. God sent us His Son who died and rose again so that we may live: “Because I live, you live also (John 14:19).”
But from this gift also flows a mission. The Resurrection puts before us the challenge to become witnesses of the new life that comes from God. We become bearers of the shining light of the Resurrection which conquered death and co-workers of the Risen Christ in bringing the gift of new life to the world.
A true witness of the Resurrection, the Church protects the sanctity and dignity of human life. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). The Church takes her part in sowing the seeds of the Resurrection in society by giving witness to the coming of God’s kingdom of justice and peace.
We incarnate our Resurrection duty as we stand in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, and by supporting their aspiration for the creation of a society that is founded upon the common good, so everyone may enjoy the gift of life with justice and peace.
Jesus’ resurrection gives us the key to live God’s gift of new life, and vanquish darkness and death. In the power of his Resurrection, we can build a society and world in which dignity, equality, justice and peace will flourish and become the lot of every person.
Let us commit ourselves to this quest in the name of the Risen Christ so he may continue to reveal himself and share to everyone the gift of new life through our faithful discipleship. Let our lives stand as a testament to his Resurrection.
May God’s just peace prevail in our land and for all to rejoice in the gift of the Risen Christ, our Lord Jesus.
† Most Revd Ephraim S. Fajutagana
6th January 2016