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As Christians we are a Risen People

This day must remind all the Christians that they are a risen people, a people who will not feel defeated, will not feel let down, will not give up but will go forward courageously as Jesus did. This is very important in our times when millions of people feel depressed all over the world and even commit suicide.

As Christians we are a Risen People

By Joe Palathunkal
Today November 2nd we celebrate the Emmaus experience of our fore-parents and millions of others who have told Jesus like the two disciples on the way to Emmaus told him: “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is nearly over” (Luke 24: 29)

When our days are over we need to say the same to the Lord and surely he would stay with us, not only stay with us but he will break the bread for us at table as it happened to the two Emmaus disciples.

As usual, Jesus was telling them through the broken bread that he was here to give life and nourishment, not death or the experience of everything is over, no more life. This is the Resurrection experience we celebrate on this All Souls Day.



This day must remind all the Christians that they are a risen people, a people who will not feel defeated, will not feel let down, will not give up but will go forward courageously as Jesus did. This is very important in our times when millions of people feel depressed all over the world and even commit suicide.

With the Resurrection of Jesus a Christian has no reason to feel depressed or let down because against all the oppositions Jesus stood the ground before Pilate and Herod and Pharisees because he was cox sure that if they destroy ‘this temple’ it would rise up in three days and his Word did not go in vain. This is what we celebrate today November 2nd – the assurance from the ‘Author of life’ that we cannot be destroyed forever. That is why John Donne wrote ‘death be not proud’.



All Souls Day is a reminder to rise up whenever we feel we are down because as Christians we are the followers of a Risen Christ, a living God who will never die, who will stay with us and break bread with us to keep giving life and hope. The celebration of the Eucharist is the reminder of this life giving Jesus and every Catholic has to live the Eucharist if he or she wants to be follower of a Risen Jesus.

So this is the day we have to remember our family people who are living with the Risen Jesus enjoying the fullness of life the Lord had promised. Today we need to thank the Lord with them instead of mourning and lamenting. We are celebrating this day as a day of life, not death, a day of hope, not despair.

Jesus had promised that he had come to give us the abundance of life and when the women at the Easter dawn found an empty tomb, it was a historic declaration that on the ‘Author of life’ the forces of death had no power and the Risen Jesus proved that death is not the last word in the book of our life.

All Souls Day is a great reminder that every Christian is an epic of life constantly being written by Jesus with his own life and in that epic death cannot be a villain to prevail upon us.If we truly believe the three pearls we have got from Jesus – faith, hope and charity – then we can go on singing Alleluia, the Lord is Risen indeed. Remember, we are always part of that Risen Lord!

(Joe Palathunkal is Associate Editor, Living in Faith)

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