Jesus Christ is risen from the dead

Theme: Death has been defeated

This is a great night!  When God made us he drew us from the depths of the immense ocean of his love and set us on an earthly shore then invited us to freely return to him. From the very beginning of our existence we have developed a deep essence of relating with him. Every tribe and nation lives this truth in a unique manner. God has established us in an inescapable relationship as an indelible component of our constitution like our need for oxygen and water.

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Today is the day when despair and hope meet to decide the fate of humanity. Today we are invited to make a choice and take a stand to stay with or to move away from Jesus. The usual homilies have less to clarify since the way of the Cross is enough. I pick seven words that may provoke us to retrace where our hope has disappeared so that we may return on the right truck.

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Theme: Theme: Fidelity to victory

When pressed into suggesting a symbol of salvation for humankind through the death and rising of Jesus, would you have put the Cross on the short list? No way. Every year during Holy Week, the Church invites us to reflect on the meaning of the Cross. With each passing year we are invited to master the mystery of the Cross. Found in pre-Christian cultures where it has a cosmic and natural significance, the two crossed lines of unequal length symbolize four dimensions of the universe. For a while the cross has been regarded as a sign of power and regeneration. For us Jesus’ victory on the cross means love, life and salvation.

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Theme: Do this in memory of me

As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord on Easter; we begin with celebrating Holy Thursday; a feast that commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. In the history of the Catholic Church, this solemnity is associated with the reconciliation of penitents, consecration of the holy oils, washing of the feet, institution of the Blessed Eucharist and Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. What is sure is that His hour had come to depart from the world. While Jesus had prepared his disciples for some time even mentioning about betrayed and crucifixion, they perceived little of what he was telling them. Most of them were fishermen with barely any education except about boats and nets. Before the Passover, Jesus washed their feet saying “as I have loved you, you also love one another” John 13: 34. Jesus made sure that love and service were impeccable in their hearts. While they acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah, their last actions at the time of arrest revealed contrary. Today our love for one another must rise and shine.

Read more: Homily Holy Thursday Evening Mass

Theme: Wounded healers

A missionary was sent to preach the good news where he encountered untold hardships including imprisonment and torture. When he was miraculously released, he asked the civil authorities to allow him resume his work. With indignation, the man in charge denied him request, saying, ‘my people are not foolish enough to listen to anything you say but I fear they may be impressed by your scars and thereby be convinced to turn to your religion! As the days of Lent flow away, we invited to remember the scars of Jesus so that we are convinced.

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