See the stone is rolled away, behold the empty tomb. Alleluia, God be praised! He’s risen from the grave!
That’s my favourite line from Man of Sorrows, a song by Hillsong and oh my gosh, it really makes the hairs on my arms stand whenever I listen to that line because it speaks the truth. Which is why, it’s also my favourite so-called Christian/Catholic event of the year!
Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia!
Easter is indeed the biggest and greatest of all Catholic celebrations – yes, including Christmas – because on this day, we commemorate Christ rising from the dead and without him actually doing that, I probably won’t be here writing this post.
Imagine how shocked and scared Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have been. All they wanted to do was to put some spices for Jesus and then to find out that the stone over the tomb has moved?! WHAT HAPPENED. Imagine how they felt when the angel told them that Jesus isn’t here, and asked “why look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). Imagine their confusion. Must have been pretty hysterical. But they had such a huge amount of faith to proclaim it to the rest of the Apostles and to the whole world, and to us.
To me, Easter isn’t just a day to eat chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies. Easter is a day of celebration, to sing, dance, and bask in the glory of the Risen Lord. It may seem like a normal day to you, but to me, those 40 days of Lent (prayer, fast and almsgiving) has lead up to this final event which is the very beginning of the Church. To sing the Gloria, Alleluia and hymns of joy during Easter Vigil mass felt like those 40 days meant something and the wait has ended for Christ has risen from the dead!
Easter will always be my favourite thing, and the best reason to remain a Catholic. For the true meaning of Easter is that Jesus is still living among us for “having been raised from the dead will never die again” (Romans 6:9). And the fact that the stone rolled away, means our God conquered it all.
P.S. I don’t mean to impose anything on anyone but Easter is hUGE in the Catholic church. And also in my life.
Here are some resources you could check out that are #SarachApproved:
15 Logical reasons to believe in the Resurrection by Mark Hart
#ShareJesus – The Tomb Empty Changes Everything (video) by Redeemed Online
P.S.S. Look out for how much there is in Stefith’s F#&$ Jar. You may read all about her Lenten sacrifice here while waiting for her to count the money in there. 😛