March 31, 2024

Easter
of Resurrection
of the Lord

Truly, death has been defeated and the light of the Risen One has inaugurated the day without sunset.

FROM ABSENCE TO FOUND PRESENCE

The Lord is truly risen. Alleluia!
This joyful announcement today resonates in our hearts and in our liturgical assemblies, uniting heaven and earth in the same jubilation. Truly, death has been defeated and the light of the Risen One has inaugurated the day without sunset. In this regard, in the pocket of a young soldier who died during the Second World War, a prayer was found in which we can well understand what it means to believe in the resurrection even within the darkness of death: «Do you hear me, my God? Never in my life have I spoken to you, but today I want to greet you. You know that from my earliest childhood I was told that you did not exist… Today, suddenly, seeing the depths of the immense sky, this starry sky above me, my eyes opened. Full of wonder, I understood your light…At the bottom of this terrible hell, the light welled up in me and I saw you. I won’t tell you anything more, just the joy of knowing you… I’m no longer afraid of death.” The Gospel passage also helps us to move from the experience of the Lord’s absence to a renewed and life-giving discovery of him. Where can we also meet him today? What are the “places” where it manifests itself? First of all we encounter it in the Holy Scripture; the Word is a memorial of the Risen One. Then the Lord comes into the Christian community. The Easter faith has a personal but also communal connotation. The case of Thomas is emblematic: when he distances himself from his brothers he becomes sceptical and incredulous. When he approaches them he makes his highest profession of faith: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20.28). But we must walk, take a journey, better a “run” as John suggests, that is, we must not tire of seeking and waiting for the manifestation of the Lord to adhere to it with our heart and life.

Commentary by b. Sandro Carotta, osb
Abbazia di Praglia (Italy)

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves,
Prinknash Abbey

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