Easter is one of the prominent and important celebrations for me aside from Christmas. Whenever I participate or attend the Easter Vigil and the Easter celebration proper, I cannot but be emotive and reflective. What makes Easter a very prominent and important celebration for me? Actually, it is not about the externalities that makes Easter a very special solemnity for me, but its significant message for my life and for our lives. The message of Easter for me and for all of us is very clear; i.e. rejoice and be glad for the light of the Risen Christ has overcome the pangs of death and the horror of darkness. Easter gives us a model on how to rise up on our unworthiness, sins, and shortcomings in life. It brings hope because Jesus is our hope. Thus, Easter invites us not to lose our sight and our longing for the light of Risen Christ which is the source and manifestation of God’s everlasting love for all of us who are still suffering from the lash of sin and from the whip of our weaknesses. Yes, it’s the light of the Risen Christ that also brings to us smile on our faces despite the fact that we are fragile and prone to wickedness and mistakes.
One of the things that I cherish most in Easter especially the Easter Vigil celebration is the Service of the Light. On that one of the significant parts of the Easter Vigil celebration, it calls my attention about how the light from the Paschal Candle is passed on to the people and how the light overcasts the darkness of our chapel. It’s the same thing on Christ’s Resurrection. By His resurrection, He passed on to us the light that brings hope to our weariness, forgiveness to our sins, and love to our loneliness. But, the passing of light does not end in itself. As Christ initiated it through His resurrection fulfilling the words from the Gospel of John “I am the light of the world.” (Jn. 8: 12); He invites us also to do the same thing. Christ calls us to embrace our own resurrection from our shortcomings, weaknesses, and unworthiness and be a light for others. This is what the people needs today.
It’s so sad that the world today is being shaded and blinded by the darkness of sin, persecution, injustices, hate, and division. Hence, Easter is still relevant up to now. The only thing that we should consider in order to make our world today a better place for us is to pass on the light of Easter and not to hide it on our own bushel baskets. Easter is not only a celebration to be renowned, but it is also an invitation for all of us to end the evils of the world by radiating the Risen Christ on the hearts of every people living in the darkness. How? By dying to our own pride, self-centeredness, hate, hidden desires, capriciousness, and wantonness. It is only through embracing conversion that we may be able consider and hold on to the resurrection of Christ; and it is also through this way that we may be able to receive the light of the Risen Christ which brings newness of life that need to be passed on to others especially those who are experiencing gloominess and obscurity in life. The message of Easter is not just to celebrate that Christ has Risen from the His death, rather it calls and challenges us to open our eyes to the realities of life especially to those who are still now being hovered by the darkness of hopelessness and anxieties, and bring out the light of the Risen Christ to them which is the source of love and the fountain of hope.