Samstag, 19. April 2014

ധ്രുവദീപ്തി // Christianity // EASTER //The Faith / THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION - by Fr. Sebastian Thottippatt

ധ്രുവദീപ്തി // Christianity // EASTER


Fr.Sebasian Thottippatt

Fr. Sebastian Thottippatt
The Resurrection of Christ is the ultimate confirmation of his identity and the final proof of his authenticity as God become man. But it cannot be seen separately from his death because they are two sides of the same reality. The resurrection turned defeat into victory and routed the stranglehold of the power of darkness. It was the seal of approval from his Father that Christ’s mission for humanity was accomplished. It was the triumph of light over darkness, love over hatred and strength over apparent weakness. This is the legacy that Christ has bequeathed to the entire human family in his death and resurrection – a twin mystery.

The power of the resurrection is experienced in human life at every nook and corner but never in isolation – away from death experiences. There is always some kind of dying taking place aligned with resurrection. We can see it written large even in nature itself. We see it in every seed that is buried in the soil which brings forth new plants; trees that are cut giving out new shoots from their stump;  intense summer heat giving rise to cooling rain and so on. In human life, success and victory come as the end result of much pain and trouble. We see the power of the resurrection at work in all human movements for liberation, justice and growth. When people are being enslaved and oppressed, there are counter currents that question this situation and seek to free those victimized by it. The powers of death and evil are seen everywhere in the world but those who know the power of the resurrection are standing up to it in a peaceful way and refusing to be cowed down by it. The harsh realities of life such as: hunger, disease, injustice, exploitation, poverty, etc., are only one side of the coin. Even as they exert their pressure upon one’s patience and endurance, faith must summon the power of the resurrection to come to one’s rescue. 
It must enable one to fight courageously and proactively the negative forces in oneself and others that seek to make human life worthless. Believing in the resurrection of Christ implies faith in his living presence in humanity here and now. If one succumbs to death-dealing experiences in life physically and psychologically, the celebration of Easter is only an empty ritual. Although it does not necessarily imply that victory will be seen by one’s own eyes, the risen Lord stands guarantee for it. Every true disciple of Christ must then pray with St. Paul: “I want to know him and to experience the power of his resurrection and share in his sufferings and become like him in his death so that I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11). Easter greetings exchanged in this spirit will certainly make way for a joy and peace-filled life for everyone. 



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