LET US BE TAKEN BY THE HAND BY THE WOMEN OF THE GOSPEL.

Written by misioneras

19/04/2022

HOMILY OF THE POPE, EASTER VIGIL 2022.

Let us discover with them the manifestation of the light of God that shines in the darkness of the world. Those women, while the night dissipated and the first light of dawn appeared without clamor, went to the sepulcher to anoint the body of Jesus.

The women see.

The first proclamation of the Resurrection is not presented as a formula to be understood, but as a sign to be contemplated. In a cemetery, next to a tomb, where everything should be orderly and calm, the women saw “that the stone had been moved. When they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus” (vv. 2-3). Easter, therefore, begins by changing our schemes. He comes with the gift of amazing hope. But it is not easy to accept it. Sometimes this hope does not find room in our hearts.

Very often, we look at life and reality without lifting our eyes from the ground; we only focus on today that passes, we feel disillusioned about the future and we lock ourselves in our needs, we settle in the prison of apathy, while we continue to complain and think that things will never change. But, nevertheless, tonight the Lord wants to give us different eyes, lit by the hope of knowing that fear, pain and death will not have the last word on us. Thanks to the Passover of Jesus we can make the leap from nothing to life. Let us raise our eyes, let us remove from our eyes the veil of bitterness and sadness, and let us open ourselves to the hope of God.

Women listen.

After seeing the empty tomb, two men in shining garments said to them: “Why do you search among the dead for the one who is alive? He is not here: he has risen! » (verses 5-6). It does us good to hear and repeat these words: he is not here! Every time we think we know everything about God, that we can pigeonhole him into our schemes, let us repeat to ourselves: he is not here! When we look for Him only in the emotion, often fleeting, or in the moment of need, and then put it aside and forget about Him in the concrete situations and decisions of each day, let us repeat to ourselves: He is not here! And when we think that we have imprisoned it in our words, in our formulas, in our customs, but we forget to look for it in the darkest corners of life, where there is someone who cries, who fights, suffers and waits, let us repeat ourselves: is here!

Let us also listen to the question addressed to women: “Why do you seek among the dead the one who is alive?” We cannot celebrate Easter if we continue to stay in death; if we remain prisoners of the past; if in life we ​​do not have the courage to allow ourselves to be forgiven by God, who forgives everything, the courage to change, to put an end to the works of evil, to decide for Jesus and for his love; if we continue to reduce faith to an amulet, making God a beautiful memory of past times, instead of discovering him as the living God who today wants to transform us and the world. A Christianity that seeks the Lord among the vestiges of the past and encloses him in the sepulcher of custom is a Christianity without Easter. But the Lord is risen! Let us not stop, let us rediscover Him, the Living One! And let us not be afraid to look for him also in the faces of our brothers, in the history of the one who waits and dreams, in the pain of the one who cries and suffers: God is there!

Women advertise.

What do they advertise? The joy of the Resurrection. Easter happens to open hearts wide to the extraordinary announcement of God’s victory over evil and death. For this reason, the light of the Resurrection does not want to hold women in the ecstasy of personal joy, it does not tolerate sedentary attitudes, but rather generates missionary disciples who “return from the grave” (cf. v. 9) and bring everyone the Gospel of the Risen One. That is why, after having seen and heard, the women ran to announce the joy of the Resurrection to the disciples. They knew that they might think they were crazy, so much so that the Gospel says that their words seemed “crazy” to them (v. 11), but they did not care about their reputation or defending their image; they did not measure their feelings or calculate their words. They only had the fire in their hearts to carry the news, the announcement: “The Lord is risen!”

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