Pastor’s Column

Easter Sunday 2014

The Lord is Risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

My brothers and sisters in the Risen Christ,

Jesus Christ is truly raised from the dead.   According to the deposit of faith, the four Evangelists together wrote about this event that Christ was taken down from the cross, was buried in a brand new tomb and raised to life on the third day.  Mary Magdalene with her companions went to visit Jesus Christ at the tomb and was shocked because the body of Jesus was no longer at the place.  Peter and John hurried to the tomb; they went into the tomb and observed what was there with everything in place but not the Christ.

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The event of the Risen Christ had spread throughout the whole region in Jerusalem.  However, the gospel we will read on Easter Monday will tell us there were people not believing that Christ had risen.  Particularly the chief priest who with his council had ordered the soldiers this: “You are to say,
‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’”  This was one way of spreading out the bad news about the Christ.  The chief priest used his power and money hiding the truth.  Unfortunately, no one can hide the truth.  Regardless how powerful the antichrists were during Christ’s time, they thought they had killed Christ, the reign of Christ was done.  But they were wrong.  They cannot hide the one truth that Christ had risen to life.  Alleluia!

We are living in this day and age where sometimes we receive all kind of faults that are attacking our faith.  The sense to celebrate the Risen Christ sometimes is just like another day. Many of us worry about earthly things that distract our faith.  Worldly things may interfere with our faith in Jesus Christ.  Sometimes worldly things may possess us and weaken our will and darken our intellect.  A simple question being asked by a friend may challenge us already because of how little understanding for faith we hold.  For example, why we attending Mass on Sunday?  Majority of us may say because of obligation; because of church’s law, or fear of sin.  Rather, we should say because of love; because of Christ’s love for mankind and we are simply responding to His love by attending together giving thanks to Him.  A Sunday celebration is an act of thanking God.  We celebrate the Eucharist meaning we give thanks to God.  A couple when they are in love, of course, may ask each other many questions to know and to understand one another, but the answers are generated in the word “love”.  Jesus so loved the world and for the sake of mankind; he died and rose to life to save those who follow Him.  Jesus did everything to let the world know that He loved us.

As we continue celebrating the Risen Christ, let us continue celebrating the love Christ has left for us.  Let us celebrate the risen Christ who conquered death and gave us a reason to believe in Him that we also will rise to life with Christ when He comes again.

In Christ’s Love, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong