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Go to Galilee
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

April 2, 2018 (Easter Monday)

 

Go to Galilee…

 

Dear friends in Christ, nothing can equal the Easter event for us Christians. It is an event that won for us our salvation. In it the Son of God, gave his life for our sake. It is an event that has made every one of us, into a witness, of the sacrifice God made for us. Everywhere today, Christians will particularly be reflecting on the wonders of Easter but in a relaxed mood. The Galilee event, recalls the place where the mission began, as also the place where the disciples will together meet the Lord after the resurrection.

 

Our First Reading (Acts 2:14.22-33) is from the address delivered by Peter on the day of Pentecost. This is the first official homily of Peter, to the world of the time. Peter recalled the wondrous works of Jesus and places the resurrection against the backdrop of the prophesy of David, pointing to Jesus, as the one whose body did not know corruption since David himself died and his grave is still very much around. David he said, “…Foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.” 

 

When Peter talks about, ‘we all as witnesses,’ he was  not just speaking of the twelve, but of all of us, who have been baptised into the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are witnesses like those who were present at the event. Our witnessing however is not just by word alone, but by our deeds. Easter is therefore, a time to live out our baptismal commitments. A time to truly show that we value the price at which, we have been bought from sin, and so live righteously. It is therefore not a time to return to those things —the sins you overcame by your lenten observance.

 

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 28:8-15), some of the women, in the ministry of Jesus, experienced the risen Lord who said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee  and there they will see me.” They became Apostles, to the Apostles. The soldiers who guarded the tomb took bribe and went out to spread the falsehood, that the disciples stole the body while they were asleep. How did they get to know it was the disciples and not someone else, if the body was truly stolen? Why should they sleep, on such an important duty? The disciples however were not afraid to tell the truth. Evil triumph when good people choose to keep silent. Two thousand years later, we are still witnessing to that truth, the truth of the resurrection. Who is it today, who believes the lie? As a Christian, let the resurrection prompt you to good action and true witnessing to the Lord.

 

Let us pray: Lord give us the courage to witness to your truth in the world of our time. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 
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