Read and listen to the Word of April 9, 2023
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
We ate and drank with him after his resurrection from the dead.
From the Acts of the Apostles
In those days, Peter spoke up and said: «You know what happened throughout Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism preached by John; i.e. how God consecrated in the Holy Spirit and power Jesus of Nazareth, who went about doing good and healing all those who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
And we are witnesses of all that he did in the region of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him up on the third day and wanted him to reveal himself, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen by God, to us who ate and drank with him after his resurrection from the dead.
And he commanded us to announce to the people and to testify that he is the judge of the living and the dead, consisting of God. To him all the prophets give this testimony: whoever believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name".
Word of God.
From Ps 117 (118)
R. This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad.
Give thanks to the Lord that he is good,
because its love it's forever.
"His love it's forever." R.
The right hand of the Lord is lifted up,
the right hand of the Lord has done mighty things.
I won't die, but I will stay alive
and I will announce the works of the Lord. R.
The stone rejected by the builders
it has become the cornerstone.
This was done by the Lord:
a marvel in our eyes. R.
Look for things up there, where it is Christ.From the letter of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Colosseums
Brethren, if you are resurrected with Christ, look for things up there, where it is Christ, seated to the right of God; turn your thoughts to things above, not to those of the earth.
Indeed you are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God! When Christyour life will be revealed, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Word of God.
Only today is it mandatory; on days between the octave it is optional.
To the paschal victim,
let the sacrifice of praise rise today.
The Lamb has redeemed his flock,
the Innocent has reconciled
we sinners col Father.
Death and Life faced each other
in a prodigious duel.
The Lord of life was dead;
but now, alive, he triumphs.
"Tell us, Mary:
what did you see on the way?».
"The grave of Christ living,
the glory of Christ resurrected,
and the angels his witnesses,
the shroud and his clothes.
Christ, my hope, is risen:
precedes his own in Galilee".
Yes, we are sure:
Christ he has truly risen.
You, victorious King,
have mercy on us.
Victimae pascháli laudes
Agnus redémit oves:
Patri reconciliavit peccatóres.
Death and life
duello conflixére mirando:
dux vitae mórtuus regnat vivus.
Dec nobis, Mary,
quid vidísti in via?
Sepúlcrum Christi viventis:
et gloriam vidi resurgéntis.
sudárium et vestis.
Surréxit Christus spes mea:
praecédet suos in Galilaéam.
surrexísse a mórtuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex,
Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed:
let's celebrate in the Lord. (Cf. 1Cor 5,7-8)
He had to raise from the dead.
From the Gospel according to John
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one who Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him!"
Peter then went out with the other disciple and they went to the tomb. They both ran together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down, saw the towels placed there, but did not enter.
Meanwhile Simon Peter also arrived, following him, and entered the tomb and observed the cloths laid there, and the shroud - which had been on his head - not laid there with the cloths, but wrapped up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in, who had reached the tomb first, and he saw and believed. In fact they had not yet understood the Scripture, that is, that he had to rise from the dead.
Word of the Lord.
St. Maximus of Turin (? – ca 420)
Speech 36; PL 57, 605
“This is the day the Lord has made” (Ps 118:24)
Let our joy explode, brothers, today as yesterday. If the shadows of the night have interrupted our pleasure, the holy day has not ended. The darkness of the evening separates the times, but the clarity that spreads the joy of the Lord is eternal.
Christ it enlightened us yesterday; her light still shines today. “Jesus Christ it is the same yesterday, today and always!” says the blessed apostle Paul (Heb 13:8). Yes, for us Christ the day has come. For us he was born today, as he announces it God his Father through the voice of David: “You are mine sonI have begotten you today" (Ps 2:7). What to say? Which did not generate his own son a day, but who generated it day and light itself. (…)
Yes, Christ it is our today: splendor alive and without decline, he never ceases to radiate the world he sustains (Heb 1:3) and this eternal glow seems to be but a day. "In your eyes, a thousand years are like one day" exclaims the prophet (Ps 90).
Yes, Christ is this day unique because eternity is unique God. It is our "&": the past, which has gone away, does not escape him; the future, unknown, has no secrets for him. Supreme light, embraces all, knows all, is present in all times and possesses all times. Before him the past cannot vanish, nor the future escape. (…)
This today is not the time when he was born in time according to the flesh of the Virgin Mary, nor the one where according to divinity he comes out of the mouth of God his Father, but the time when he rose from the dead: “He rose again Jesus, – says the apostle Paul – as it is also written in the second psalm: Mine son it is you, today I have begotten you" (Acts 13:33).
It is truly our today, when, having arisen from the deep night of the underworld, it inflames men. Truly it is our today, the one who could not obscure the black plots of enemies. No day better than this he has been able to welcome the light: he has given back the day and life to all the dead. Old age had laid men down in death; he has raised them up in the vigor of his today.
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
God he asks us to look at life as he looks at it, who always sees in each of us an irrepressible nucleus of beauty. In sin, he sees sons to raise; in death, brothers to be resurrected; in desolation, hearts to console.
Easter is the festival of removing stones. God it removes the hardest stones, against which hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness. Human history does not end in front of a sepulchral stone, because today it discovers the "living stone" (cf. 1 Pt 2:4): Jesus resurrected.
We like Church we are founded on him and, even when we lose heart, when we are tempted to judge everything on the basis of our failures, he comes to make things new, to reverse our disappointments. (Homily at the Easter Vigil, 20 April 2019)
Ultimo aggiornamento: 5 Maggio 2023 11:31 by Remigio Ruberto