THE ONE WHO WAS DEAD, NOW LIVES

(Easter Sunday)
Sunday, April 15, 2017.

To believe in the resurrection implies the belief that a death has occurred first, and the one who was dead, now lives.
The death of Jesus sets the groundwork for his resurrection
In the tomb, Jesus is the victim killed by the injustices, the wrongs, and evils of the world; in the tomb he denounces the actions of a world that rejects life, a world that cannot accept the life God came to bring to mankind, a world intent on destroying the goodness belonging to humankind.
By the resurrection of Jesus, God restores life and goodness in all and demonstrates that the power of life is greater than the power of death.
The world today appears determined to remain in the tomb, by encouraging selfishness, promoting the glorification of the powerful and the subjugation of the weak, and fostering conflicts between individuals and nations. These are the reasons our world is determined to remain in the tomb.
While in the tomb, the world fabricates a false illusion of “life”
Deep from inside its tomb of death, indifference, and oppression, our world pretends to give the appearance of life. In order to do so, the world portrays death as life, injustice as a normal state of collective life, oppression as a necessary condition for human existence, indifference as a necessary sedative to bring tranquility, and lies as a means to obscure the truth.
There is only one way for us to get out of the tomb: by participating in the life of God! We participate in the life of the risen Jesus by continuing the works he did while on earth, by “doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). That is to say, by liberating the victims of all types of evil, individual and collective.
If you do the works of God, you can say, “I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)