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Celebration of faith

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

By Fr Novelito Lim

ON Easter we enter into the mystery. We contemplate Jesus, there in the tomb, dead.

In that tomb, he is dead, exactly the way each of us will be dead.

We don’t easily contemplate dying, but we rarely contemplate being dead.

Today’s reflection will lead us to the vigil of Easter. 

During Easter vigil, communities from all over the world will gather in darkness, a darkness that represents all that we have been reflecting upon today. 

The God who created us, who led a chosen people out of slavery, raised Jesus from death. 

We can rejoice that death has no final victory over us.  Then we celebrate the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  We celebrate our faith - that we have been baptised into the death of Jesus, so that we might have everlasting life with him.

So my dear friends, as we behold the body of Jesus in the tomb on easter and as we contemplate the mystery of our death, we prepare our hearts to receive the Good News of life. 

We know that tomb will be empty and remain empty forever as a sign that our lives will not really end, but only be transformed. 

As we celebrate Easter we might well wonder how Mary Magdalene and the others who went to the Tomb had forgotten what Jesus had said about being put to death and rising from the dead.

The great gifts of Easter are hope and faith. Hope: which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.

Faith: the belief that Christ has triumphed over evil despite appearances and that the Resurrection is the definitive act in human history.

So, we celebrate the mystery of the Resurrection, proclaim our faith and hope, and give thanks for these gifts.

Some people may say that Jesus is not real and if he is real, he is just someone who is normal like us.

But, my dear friends, in studying the scripture there are many ways to know if the story in the bible is true and existent.

In the literary tradition in the olden times, they are patriarchal.

They seldom include women in the stories and in history, they only include men.

That is why in the story of Jesus, women are still present because these are significant stories of the past that they could not disregard.

Women, especially in the Gospel of Luke are the key people in finding the empty tomb. Women weep for Jesus in Jerusalem. They have a big role in our salvation history.

We celebrate the mystery of resurrection, and we proclaim our faith no matter who we are, for we believe.

* Fr Novelito is parish priest at

St Patrick’s, Pyramid Hill

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