Finally, Easter!

By Fr. Roy Cimagala

Chaplain

Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE)

Talamban, Cebu City

Email: roycimagala@gmail.com

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL! Yes, we have every reason to be most happy as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let’s hope that when we greet each other, ‘Happy Easter,’ we would really mean it and know what is behind that greeting. Let’s exhume that happy greeting from the tomb of our usual formalisms and clichés. Let’s get real!

Finally, we have reached that point where Christ culminated his redemptive mission with his resurrection that simply means that he has conquered sin and death and has reopened the gates of heaven for us. He bore all our sins and conquered them with his resurrection. He offered his very own self as the ransom. We can now be true children of God if we also do our part.

All our sins and all the negative things in our life can be considered a “happy fault” as the Easter praise, the “Exultet,” puts it, because they have caused God to show the ultimate expression of love, a love that we ourselves should also cultivate in ourselves.

But we should not forget that our supreme joy over Christ’s resurrection should not be separated but rather should be considered as the organic consequence of his passion and death which we should also go through.

This joy of Easter should always be with us irrespective of how the drama of our life turns. This joy, a deep sense of confidence and security, the conviction that everything will always work out for the good even if we commit mistakes, should always be with us, because Christ takes care of everything.  Ours is simply to try our best in doing good, even if our best efforts will never be enough according to God’s standards. They can always be made better.

We should just be sport with our human condition here on earth. The idea is simply to do our best. If we fail in something, let’s be quick to rise, asking forgiveness and then move on. Let’s not waste time ruing and brooding over our mistakes which actually can give us precious lessons also. These mistakes and failures should not keep us from God. Rather, they should spur us to go to God.

In practical terms, it may be a good idea that we always remind ourselves that “I am Christ.” No matter what situations we find ourselves, we just have to say to ourselves, “I am Christ.” We may have to make some qualifications to that declaration, as we start considering the implications of such declaration, but it should be professed first of all.

We should try our best that such constant reminder becomes a streaming consciousness of our own selves.  Again, that is not presumption, simply because our true identity is that Christ has taken the initiative to identify himself with us. We just have to learn to correspond to that reality and to start feeling at home with such truth about ourselves.

Such consciousness will surely give us joy and confidence no matter what happens to us here on earth. It would be an indestructible joy, the joy and confidence of a son who completely trusts his father.

Let us spread this Easter joy, evangelizing as many people as we can so we can take them out of the ignorance and unbelief of a very important truth about ourselves. More than evangelizing, let us be models and active endorsers of this Easter joy!

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