Even though fear and death have gripped the world in the last few months, Jesus offers all of us the gift of joy today. As St. Pope John Paul II famously reminded us, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song”. Easter is not a time for sorrow but a time to rejoice because Christ is risen.
We Catholics don’t have to focus solely on the cross or on our own suffering; we are invited to experience the joy of the resurrection. Although we cannot attend mass this year, remember the candles we usually light every Easter Vigil; as each of us lit a candle from the Easter candle, a wave of light illuminated each parish church all over the world, showing us how to move through the darkness of our sin to victory in Christ. During the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet), the deacon or priest sang:
This is the night when Jesus Christ