Easter Changes EVERYTHING

by Father Brian J. Soliven on Sunday March 31, 2024

A life lived in Christ, is the truest of lives. Without him, we are slaves to the whims and changes of our circumstances. Without him my value depends on the approval and affirmation of others. Without him, death itself will devour me, no matter how much vegetables I eat. Not anymore! The resurrected Jesus changes everything. If Jesus is alive as we Christians joyfully affirm, it means that Jesus is truly who he claimed to be – God in the flesh. The words he told Martha in the Gospel of John during the infamous account of the death of her brother Lazarus, can suddenly takes on new power: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’  She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’” (Cf. John 11:25-27). 

And now I ask you, my dear Christian, the same Christian asked Martha, “Do you believe this?” Do you? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe that he has been raised from the dead? Do you believe that he has opened the gates of Heaven for us through the pouring of his precious blood upon the cross? Do you believe that we shall join him in Heaven, as long as we stay faithful to his commandments, even if the world mocks us for our love? How we answer these critical questions will change how we live Easter Sunday.