I mentioned to a friend, “Wow, Lent went fast this year!” His immediate response was, “You must not have given up beer or sweets.” I don’t like my friend anymore, but he may speak the truth. By whatever avenue, we have arrived at Easter, the empty tomb has to speak to our hearts. Can we believe Jesus truly has won the victory over death? If we can, it changes everything.
Our joys become a foretaste of the joy of heaven; our sorrows become the path to new life; and our understanding of the human person goes beyond this world. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection fundamentally change how we look at this world.
The imagery of light and darkness is helpful in understanding what Jesus has done. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to eliminate all light and create a completely dark room? Even one tiny light “ruins” the darkness. The tomb was supposed to be the one place where it was always dark. This is how one simple light, 2,000 years ago, could change everything. Thank God Jesus’ light “ruined” the darkness.
Jesus is our light as well. Even when we encounter darkness in our own lives, it will not win. Jesus is our light and he invites us to share his light as well. We cannot only be called Christians. We are called to be disciples and share his light with those around us.
I pray that this Easter may be a true season of hope for you. I recognize how overpowering the dark can be sometimes, but let us keep it in perspective. In our modern age, we have a wonderful gift of the light switch to remind us of how Jesus changed the world. What if we thought of Christ’s light every time we flip a light switch? How would that change our lives?
May you and your family have a blessed and joyful Easter.