Christ is Risen

"He is Risen" by Jon McNaughton

The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Hail, brothers and sisters, on this Easter Sunday. May peace and the blessings of the Almighty be with you and yours.

That probably isn't the way that the traditional greeting is supposed to be delivered - I'm not Christian, so I do not know what the proper forms are. But I will say this: after attending the Good Friday Mass earlier this week, and in spite of the troubles that afflict me personally, I certainly find refuge and strength in faith.

For the fact is that there has never been a time when faith in the power and goodness of the Almighty has been more desperately needed.

The Christian faith is under assault around the world. For too long it has been pushed back, forced to retreat under attacks from outside by the great heresy of Islam, and from inside by the even greater heresy of secular modernism.

The results have been nothing short of disastrous for the entire Western world. For the West is Christianity. Without the Christian faith to provide the vitally necessary moral centre that holds the disparate, squabbling, warring individual nations of the West together, the West itself loses meaning as a concept.

More than this, the True Faith provides hope and light to all those who wish to live and breathe as free men and women. That is why dictators, tyrants, pagans, and heretics everywhere hate Christianity, because the Faith states very clearly that there is an absolute separation between the authority of Man and of God.

It has never been a worse time to be a Christian - if your faith is weak, that is.

The truth is hard to hear and even harder to live up to. There is nothing comfortable or easy about truth, and everything that I have seen and read indicates that Christianity is first and foremost about the search for truth - which always and inevitably leads back to God Himself.

That truth tells us not only why there is evil in the world, but also how to defeat evil. And there is no more clear example of how evil can be defeated than the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If your faith is weak, then it is easy to discard and denounce this miracle. It is easy to write it off as a mere figment of fevered imaginations. It is easy to turn your back on Christ and everything that He preached, or at least selectively pick and choose which bits of His Ministry you wish to follow.

But doing this necessarily requires you to turn your back on truth. And eventually, no matter what happens, the truth wins out in the end - by definition.

If your faith is strong, therefore, there has never been a better time to be a Christian.

Yes, you will be hated and reviled and persecuted. Yes, your beliefs will be mocked and derided. Yes, you will find no sympathy whatsoever from the politicians and journalists and powerful elites who control your world.

After all, human nature has not exactly changed very much in two thousand years.

But there is one thing that the forces who oppose you can never take away from you - and that is your faith.

That faith was rewarded in spectacular fashion through a miracle, in which the Son of God rose from death and shattered the Gates of Hell. Compared to that, and compared to what He went through before He died, our current afflictions seem minor and petty.

So go forth in good cheer this day, my friends, and remember that no matter how bad things get, no matter how dark the times are, there is still hope.

Christ is Risen!

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