Christ is risen from the dead!

If Christ is not risen from the dead, then our preaching is in vain, vain also is your faith, says the Apostle Paul. A moment later he continues, “When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’.” Precisely these apostolic words are at the center of the life of the Church. Our Church’s liturgical life, fast, and spiritual efforts have fashioned a circle whose deepest point of reference is joy in the Resurrection of our Lord. 

The road to the joy of the Resurrection still runs through the Cross. The deepest secret of the Gospel is the Cross, Christ’s death. But suffering and death do not have the final word, because the Gospel relates the mystery of Christian faith: life rises from the grave. Christ’s victory is also our victory, our joy. To this, every person is invited. 

The expectation of the great feast is light born in our hearts, which in the jubilation of the Easter night has conquered the darkness in a concrete manner. Christ’s death and Resurrection give all humanity a new direction. Life is no longer the same as before. In the time of the Old Testament, there were only writings containing the promise of something better. Suffering Job also put his trust in this promise: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.” 

Let us spread the jubilation of the Resurrection, just as the angel urged the women who had arrived at the tomb: “Go in haste and say to his disciples, that he has been raised from the dead. And see, he will go before you to Galilee.” News greater than this does not exist in the world. A blessed Easter!

Ambrosius, Metropolitan of Helsinki

26.3.2016

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