A reflection on Easter Sunday
My dear brothers and sisters, today we celebrate Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, the day of victory over death and oppression. This day reminds us that no matter how dark the situation might be, there is always hope for a new beginning, for a better tomorrow.
In the gospel text for today, we hear about the two women who went to the tomb early in the morning, hoping to find Jesus’ body. Instead, they found an empty tomb and an angel who proclaimed to them that Jesus had risen from the dead. The angel instructed them to go and tell the disciples that Jesus had risen and that he would meet them in Galilee.
This message of resurrection and hope is especially relevant for the oppressed people of our society, particularly in the third world countries, who are struggling against the oppressors and the powers that be. These are the people who are facing poverty, hunger, injustice, and inequality. They are the ones who are marginalized, discriminated against, and often denied their basic human rights. They are the ones who are crying out for justice, for freedom, for a better life.
But just like the women who went to the tomb, they too can find hope in the message of resurrection. They too can find strength in the fact that Jesus has risen, and that he is with them in their struggle. They too can find courage to continue the fight, knowing that they are not alone, that God is on their side.
The resurrection of Jesus is a powerful symbol of liberation, of breaking free from the chains of oppression and injustice. It reminds us that no matter how powerful the oppressor might seem, they cannot overcome the power of God’s love and justice.
So let us celebrate this Easter Sunday with joy and hope, knowing that the message of resurrection is for us all. Let us remember the words of the angel to the women at the tomb, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.'” (Matthew 28:5-7)
May the message of resurrection inspire us to continue the fight for justice and liberation, and may God’s love and mercy guide us on our journey. Amen.