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Homily for Easter Sunday

12 Apr 2020, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Sermons

Homily for Easter Sunday

He is risen!

In most parts of the world, the Lenten journey this year was uniquely private and personal due to the pandemic that shook the world and still ravaging parts of the world today. Devastating as the pandemic is, it reminded the Church of the need to have one on one Lenten journey with Christ. Still more private is our celebration today of the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, a celebration of victory in the midst of a pandemic, social distancing, and total lockdown. This is strange, but certainly not new because Jesus had experienced it.

He was crucified on Good Friday, placed in a tomb with a heavy stone rolled across the entrance. He was locked-down with soldiers guarding the tomb. It was a frustrating moment for His followers, those who had hoped for the redemption of Israel. Unable to stand what looked like failure and shame, two of His disciples decided to leave Jerusalem for a village called Emmaus. That is what frustration does; it forces people to throw in the towel and not give God the opportunity to be God. It sometimes blinds people to the hope that lies ahead; it blinds them to the new things God is doing.

This is definitely not an attempt to underrate the pains and frustrations the world is experiencing under the current global lockdown. There’s obviously some level of frustration, anger, depression, and hunger in many parts of the world. Like the two disciples of Jesus on their way to Emmaus, we, too, maybe so tired of the situation created by the current pandemic and wish to ‘run away.’ But this pandemic will not have the last say; it will end in glory and praise of God.

He was crucified and locked-down on Friday, but on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, he broke the human law enforcing His lockdown and rose triumphant from the tomb. This is not a call to disobey our civil leaders; their enforcement of the current global lockdown is for our good. However, as we celebrate the triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to stand on the power of His resurrection to rise against the spirit of this pandemic. The risen Christ is the key to unlock whatever is locked, to unlock the mysteries surrounding the current pandemic, to unlock the healing powers of heaven, and restore peace and joy to our land again. The Blood of Jesus Christ will never lose its power; his Blood and the resurrection power is the key to unlock every spiritual and physical lockdown.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is victory over lies and darkness; it is victory over sickness and over every wickedness of the devil. The Angel rolled the stone away; he unlocked what was locked and sat on the stone as a sign that the battle is over. We celebrate this victory today and always. There may be a pandemic, global lockdown, economic recession, fears, and frustrations, but the victory of the resurrection is more powerful than all these. For every believer, the resurrection victory has become the platform where we operate. Paul and Silas operated from it; they prayed and sang in praise of the risen Lord, and what was locked became unlocked. When we revere the name of the Lord, the sun (Son) of righteousness rises over us with healing in His wings (Malachy 4:2). Let us, therefore, continue to live in the light of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. That is what Paul makes us understand in our second reading this morning, that if we have been raised with Christ, then we should live the life of the resurrection. Living the life of the resurrection is to continuously look up to the things of heaven while still here on earth. It is to be assured that the heavens see and know the situation of the world today; He who looked down to see the sufferings of the Israelites and came down for their liberation will look down again to rescue His own.

Therefore, on this Easter Sunday, we are reminded to let our lives bear witness to the resurrection power, be bold like Peter, and testify that Jesus is alive. Peter testified that they ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead; he is indeed alive. We are called today to be true witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ through our faith, hope, and resilience. We not only testify that we ate and drank with Him, but we continue to eat and drink with Him in the Eucharist. 

It is my prayer this Easter Sunday that we all be protected by the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, especially those medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, and all those at the frontline of the physical battle against COVID-19. Amen.

  • Njideofor family Reply

    Happy Easter Fr,thanks a lot and may God Almighty whom you work in His vineyard continue to protect and direct you on the path of life amen.

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