EASTER MESSAGE -2004. By REV. DR. DOMINIC ISAAC (St. William's Church-Philadelphia)


Liturgically Easter is a bigger feast for all Christians. It unites us in the spirit and in prayer. It makes us aware that we belong to Jesus Christ as a universal family. On this day, each Christian comes to pray and to rejoice because Jesus Christ

The first time Mary saw Jesus and she was excited. "Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord; and she told them that he had said these things to her" (John 20: 18). After Mary Magdalene the disciples saw Jesus, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "peace be with you. After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciple rejoiced when they saw the Lord (Jn. 20: 19-20). Easter is a day to see Jesus in your life and have a personal conversation and relationship with Him, by coming to the Church, by reading the bible, by being happy and united people. This day is not remembered to celebrate with small community, society, nation and country but it is celebrated universally. This feast gives the opportunity to all believers of Jesus Christ, although we are different in nations, culture, colors, race, religious denominations but we are united one in Jesus Christ. Easter is a feast of faith, witness and proclamation of the resurrected Jesus like Mary Magdalene and disciples. Today Jesus lives in our daily life where there is harmony, unity, love, collaboration, forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, joy, acceptance and togetherness. The season of Easter will remain till the end of Pentecost. The characteristic of Easter is a Paschal Candle and frequent reiteration of "Alleluia", the chant of Joy and Victory at Christ's redemption. The words of St. Augustine give us courage and support to our spiritual and religious growth. St. Augustine said, "We are Easter people and Alleluia is our Song". Happy Feast To You All! ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA.

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