Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34 & 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 (Year B)

On Easter Sunday we give thanks to the Father who, through his only begotten Son, has conquered death, unlocking for us the path to life. Remembering the Easter candle, lit from the fire kindled during the Easter Vigil, we pray that we might become the light of Christ to a darkened world.

The Resurrection is so much more than the remembrance of Christ risen from the dead; it is the celebration of his life within us. It is not enough to say that he has conquered death. More than this, Christ has conquered the sin that imprisons hope, diminishing expectations both for ourselves and a broken world.

St Peter preached the Resurrection as God’s power transforming the world. His address to Cornelius demonstrated such power, and challenged attitudes that endure to this day. Cornelius, a Roman centurion, represented everything that a subject people had considered to be beyond the love of God.

Sometimes we unconsciously raise barriers to the possibilities of the Father’s healing love. It is so easy to put ourselves beyond his love, resigning ourselves to what we have become. Trusting not in himself but in the power of the Resurrection, Peter tore down the barriers of timid hearts. He proclaimed that not only Cornelius, but also “all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven”.

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