The Gospel accounts which tell us of the apparitions of the risen Jesus repeatedly highlight two themes: Jesus’ desire that peace renews the hearts of his disciples and in sending them to share this gift they have received with others.
This desire for peace is made much stronger in our hearts when we think about the suffering and death that violence and war provoke in various parts of our world.
To celebrate the Easter of the Lord is to confess that life is much stronger than death, that peace is more powerful than war, that love will never be conquered by hate. To celebrate the Easter of the Lord is to confess this faith and to commit ourselves to direct our whole life from it.
May the celebration of the Easter of the Lord transform our lives and help us to be adequate and credible witnesses of the New Life which is made manifest in His Resurrection. I wish all of you a joyful Easter celebration.
Josep Ma. Abella CMF.