ARE WE READY FOR EASTER?
By: Estrella (Star) del Mar
I remember my trip to Bombay some years ago where I met a good Doctor who specialized in treating leprosy. I went with him to a far barangay where he served several lepers in a small clinic as a volunteer Doctor for these poor lepers. The Doctor has a good heart for service and for the poor. However, he was bitter with the social situation. I told him that he was their hope for healing and a fairly normal life in the future. I told him that he was like Jesus Christ for them. And he retorted with anger in his voice. “Jesus Christ? He was the hope of his people to free them but he died!” So I told him to continue reading the gospel story when Jesus rose from the dead and lived as He promised. No one could take Jesus’ life from him. He freely laid it down. And he resurrected and continued to be present with us and among us. Jesus was and is present in this good Doctor. I knew later that the Doctor was a Hindu and not a Christian!
I realized that the good Doctor ended with the death of Jesus. No wonder that he stayed bitter with the situation. He has not experienced Easter. The resurrection gives us hope. It is a victory over death!
What about us? Do we stay in our bitterness, our hurts, our disappointments, frustrations and hopelessness? Then we are not ready for Easter!
The Apostles’ daily company with Jesus seems not to be enough. Their listening to Jesus’ teachings; witnessing Jesus’ healings and even bringing the dead Lazarus and the young man back to life – all these seem not enough for the apostles to understand Jesus’ mission.
Easter is to make a difference in our lives!
We also need to resurrect from our own death to new life!
The Peter before the resurrection was a different Peter after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostles went away afraid during the passion of Jesus Christ. After the resurrection, they became courageous and zealous in their daily witness to the Lord. The apostles before the resurrection were very different persons after the resurrection as we can read in the Acts of the Apostles. There was a dramatic transformation of these people. Faith, for them, became a profound belief that was tested in their daily witnessing to the Lord’s words and deeds.
Are we ready for our own Easter?
Have we died to our selfishness, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, our own hurts, our own wants, disappointments and failures? Can we forgive from our hearts those who had hurt us deeply? Can we humble ourselves and accept our own limitations, mistakes and sins of omission? And most of all, can we love as Jesus loved?
May our Mother Mary, whom Jesus gave to us, help us and guide us to be like her as a true disciple of Jesus.
JESUS HAS RISEN! LET US RISE WITH HIM!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! CELEBRATE NEW LIFE!
CELEBRATE LOVE & MERCY!