The immortality, the desire of humanity to have eternal life is the celebration of Easter. Immortality is unique news to humanity. It is offered to humanity through the death of Christ; to those who believe and live in Jesus Christ. Death is the reality that strikes all peoples and all individuals. It entered through the first sin of Adam and Eve. But the resurrection of Jesus overcame the death, and immortality is granted to humanity. The physical death still exists, but its power is limited to time; soon the followers of Jesus, all who are dead in Christ, will be resurrected for eternal Life. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).
Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25). He did not say I will show the way to life and resurrection, but very clearly pronounced “I am the resurrection and life”. In the presence of Jesus death is nothing, which St. Paul said “Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). The Angel invited the women who visited the tomb of Jesus and said “He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:6). The Holy Mother Church invites us all to visit the empty tomb of Christ and be convinced of the truth of resurrection.
Happy Easter!!! Alleluia, Alleluia!
Fr. Ligory Kattiakaran