Theme: The Easter people

During the Easter season we relive how a young community of believers grew and miraculously developed into a viable Church because the Spirit of the risen Christ. It was this Spirit that enabled ordinarily individuals to be of one heart and mind, holding all things in common and providing for the needy. This Spirit empowered them to continue Jesus’ mission of forgiveness; strengthened their faith and sustained their efforts to devotedly keep the commandments they had been given.

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Theme: Good new

We journeyed Jesus Christ since Ash Wednesday, through Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday, Good Friday to the JOY of Easter Sunday. Tradition holds that after the crucifixion his and hasty burial, members of the Sanhedrin received shocking news that the itinerant teacher and healer was alive and his after his tomb had been found empty. Others spread the news that they had experienced his risen presence. At that, Jewish official sighed inaudibly. The resurrection marked a new beginning. By virtue of his victory over sin and death, humanity was offered a new perspective. In the reality of Easter God was not simply up above or the totally transcendent but with us. With every Easter celebration we affirm that life begins when it seems to end.

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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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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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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

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