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"He is not here, but has risen"

The Easter Vigil has four parts: Blessing of fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Blessing of Water and Liturgy of the Eucharist. All the four aspects of the Easter Vigil give us deep insights into some important aspects of a renewed Christian life.

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
The Easter Vigil has four parts: Blessing of fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Blessing of Water and Liturgy of the Eucharist. All the four aspects of the Easter Vigil give us deep insights into some important aspects of a renewed Christian life.

a) A renewed person carries the fire of God’s love and his power in his/her heart: We began the season of Lent with ashes but we begin Easter season with fire. Ashes remind us of our frailty, fire reminds us of our potential to enter eternity.

The Paschal Candle on one hand has five wounds of the crucified Messiah and on the other hand has the fire of new life. The Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus by singing the Exsultate (rejoice). Hence joy becomes the external sign of the inward renewal of the believer.

b) A renewed person begins to live according to the plan of God: The Liturgy of the Word during Easter Vigil presents the whole salvation history which contains the plan of a merciful God who creates human beings out of love, makes covenant with them, liberates them, gives them his own spirit and invites them to enjoy fullness of life in and through the passion, death and resurrection of his beloved son.

c) A renewed person is always mindful of the graces he/she has received with his/her baptism: The Sacrament of Baptism gives a person ability to reject Satan, his empty promises and his evil deeds. It also declares a person a child of God the Father, member of the body of Christ (Church) and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

d) A renewed person longs to be nourished with the bread of life: The Risen Lord does not die any more. A renewed person too longs to be nourished with the bread of life that gives him/her eternal life.

Hence the renewed person toils not for the food that will perish but that which will give him life. In what way did I experience renewal of life during the season of Lent? How am I going to follow up this new life in the Lord?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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