With the resurrection of Jesus, God reveals himself as a God of the living, not of the dead. He wants to show us that he desires life, not death, for humanity.
The disciples’ encounter with the Risen One had a reconciling character for them. He comes out to meet them and allows himself to be seen and experienced, but without reproach for their cowardly betrayal and abandonment.
To welcome the Risen Jesus is to feel loved and forgiven by God. We need to recognize that he is the friend of sinners even today, capable of instilling peace in our hearts. In meeting Him, we find the One who lives and gives life even when we have turned away from God or have made a pact with evil or darkness.
Bishop @silviojbaez “The Risen Christ always frees us and opens up horizons of mercy. Whoever believes in him and welcomes him always receives forgiveness as a gift.” #EasterTweet
Easter is an opportune moment to recognize our mistakes and injustices, selfishness and hypocrisy, unconfessed wrongdoing, and hidden sins. Let’s embrace Jesus and feel the power and strength of his forgiveness that heals our hearts and frees us from all slavery. No one is irredeemably lost.
In Christ, God always forgives us; He loves us unceasingly and infinitely until he brings us to eternal life. In the Risen Jesus, God reveals himself as infinite, eternal love, renewing everything with his Spirit. He is a God who gives us the strength to defend our freedom, in spite of our mistakes and limitations, so that we might not end up as slaves to any idol or human power.
Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Easter Sunday (excerpt)
21 April 2019
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