Today the Church repeats, sings, shouts, "Jesus is risen!" But why? Peter, John, the women went to the tomb and it was empty, He was not there. They went with their hearts closed by sadness, the sadness of defeat: the Master, their Master, the one they loved so much had been executed, had died. And you do not come back from the dead. This is defeat, this is the path of defeat, the road to the tomb.
But the angel said to them: "He is not here, he is risen." It is the first announcement: "He is Risen." And then the confusion. The disciples remain closed all day in the Cenacle, because they were afraid the same would happen to them as had befallen Jesus.
And the Church does not cease to tell of our defeats, our closed and fearful hearts: "Stop, The Lord is risen." But if the Lord is risen, why are these things happening? Why are there so many unfortunate things happening - diseases, human trafficking, the exploitation of people, wars, destruction, mutilation, revenge and hatred? But where is the Lord?
Yesterday, I phoned this young man with a serious disease, a well-educated young man, an engineer, and talking to give him a sign of faith, I told him: "There is no explanation for what is happening to you. Look at Jesus on the Cross, God did this with his Son, and there is no other explanation. “And he replied: "Yes, but He asked his Son, and His Son said yes. I was not asked if I wanted it.”
“This moves us; none of us are asked: "Are you happy with what is happening in the world? Are you willing to carry on this cross?" And the cross goes on, and faith in Jesus comes down. Today, the Church continues to say: "Stop, Jesus is risen." And this is not a fantasy; the Resurrection of Christ is not a party with many flowers. This is nice, but this is not it; It is the mystery of the rejected stone that ends up being the foundation of our existence. Christ is risen, this is what it means.