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Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday, April 12, 2020

"For they did not yet understand the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead.” In this way John the Evangelist, the witness of the death and resurrection of the Master from Nazareth, describes after many years, the unexplainable event of Jesus’ resurrection. Although foretold in the prophecies of the Old Testament, however, regarding the way and course of his resurrection is a surprise to everyone. This event, with an empty tomb and reaction of its first witnesses, expecting the body of Jesus in it, Mary Magdalene and the two apostles, speaks for itself. No one understood the Master from Nazareth when he himself foretold of his own death and resurrection many times. No one expected that it will happen so soon and seen with his own eyes. And now, after those terrible events of his universal betrayal, hatred from the people and execution of inconvenience to everyone, the only voice is his empty tomb. The voices of those, who until now were not counted, resound now everywhere. Those of witnesses and of those who started to believe Jesus, will share the information of His death and resurrection everywhere, to the people from social margins, women, children, poor fishermen and farmers, slaves, and it seemed the abandoned pagan people. This is the way the primitive Christian Church was born starting to understand her mission: to proclaim to a whole pagan world a need to receive forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and sealed it with his own resurrection. This is a meaning of paschal events, which made Jesus a “Judge of the living and dead” and cause of life in the Holy Spirit, at the moment of his baptism. And exactly this message begins to be proclaimed by the apostles in the primitive Church, as the first reading speaks about today.