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Love Lives, Alleluia! - Fr Anthony Charanghat

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 9:24 AM ]
This is the message of Easter: God's love never ends. God raises Jesus from death as an eternal sign and promise that nothing we do can keep God from loving us to life, and bring truth and justice to power. In Jesus, God can do what we cannot: bring hope out of despair, joy out of a long night of pain and grief, and life out of death. The love of the Lord lives forever and will enable the segments of humanity that have buried their hope for the right to life, entombed dreams for truth and justice to prevail, and stifled the yearning for peace in a climate of terror to unroll the stone of their tombs.

In the teeming millions of the marginalised of our world, we see the faces of helpless parents and guardians of children, young people and discriminated groups and castes who bear the grievous burden of injustice and brutality of violence. Many walking the streets of our cities feel the pangs of dire poverty, the sorrow born of exploitation and human trafficking. Many farmers in rural areas and the poor labourers in urban sectors are crushed by massive corruption that strips them of their rights and dispossesses them of their homes.

We encounter strangers whose eyes bespeak loneliness and abandonment, because they have been exiled. They are met with contempt being immigrants, deprived of country, house and family. By such acts of selfishness and insensitivity, refugees have to suffer persecution. Governments that stand in the way of change and welcome violate their human dignity.

As Christians in the Risen Christ, we must feel driven to keep walking, and not resign ourselves to the fact that things have to end this way. True, we carry within us a promise and the certainty of God's loving faithfulness to kindle the hope that God has entrusted to us.

This is the message that, generation after generation, the Holy Night of Easter passes on to us: "Do not be afraid, brothers and sisters; He is risen as He said!" Life, which death destroyed on the Cross, now re-awakens and pulsates anew with the life-giving power of His Love. The beating heart of the Risen Lord is given to us, and we are asked to give it in turn as a transforming force, as the leaven of a new humanity

God once more comes to meet us, to create and consolidate a new age, the age of mercy. This is the promise present from the beginning. This is God's surprise for His faithful people. Rejoice! Hidden within your life is a seed of resurrection, an offer of life ready to be awakened. Easter is news that says God rules; we all may find hope and courage in His unending Love and Life.

We respond to this Love, by receiving it — by daring to believe it is real and allowing it to wash over us, and then by sharing it. The only thing God wants from us, in response to love, is to share love. We don't need to be told how urgently love is needed in our time, in our world. Nor how high the cost of that love can be, or how imperfect our attempts to spread it.

If we imitate the non-violent, non-retaliatory response of Jesus, we ourselves become a sign of the same divine love. We, in our lives, in our willingness to be reconciled, show the world what kind of God we believe in: a God who is free from the vicious circle of violence and retaliation.

The Easter gift is to know God's love as perfectly revealed in Jesus for each one of us, and that together we may live in ways that show the world the kind of God we believe in, and a love that refuses to die.