EASTER DAY: FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION April 4, 2021

Sunday Theme : Living in Christ: His Resurrection Conquering Despair

First Reading Acts 10 : 4 – 43

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 118 : 1 – 2, 14 – 24

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15 : 1 – 11

Gospel Reading John 20 : 1 – 9

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Today, people – even Christians, are afraid because of this pandemic. They are afraid to be contaminated, become positive, and die. Two days ago, almost 15,000 were positive with COVID in our country. But we should not allow fear to dominate our life.

In our gospel today, Mary Magdalene was afraid because her Master died. John did not enter the tomb, he stayed outside the cave because he was also afraid. But thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus!

Christ’s resurrection is the answer to all our fears. Our humanity was taken into Christ and nailed into the cross.

Jesus used the enemy’s weapon to destroy the enemy. In the story of David and Goliath, Goliath died by his own sword as David used it to cut his head off.

Fear will cause us to be afraid of losing something. Peter denied Jesus three times because he was afraid of losing his life. The rich young ruler did not sell all his possessions and follow Jesus because he was afraid of losing his wealth and possessions.

But God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind. Remember that there is much power in the light of God which is much greater than the power of darkness. AMEN!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Homily Recap by Ferlin R. Retiro

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