Christ's resurrection is that act of perfect saving love that drives away the fear of death in us

The angle dell'omiletica of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST IS THAT PERFECT ACTION OF SAVING LOVE WHICH PUTS AWAY FROM US THE FEAR OF DEATH

.

[…] when I consider Jesus as a deceased, when I see in him the dear extinct to be pitied or when I see in him only a tradition of the past to be respected annually it is difficult to make Easter, it is difficult to find a remedy for fear and death. But Jesus is not a dead man is the Living One, it is the eternal present and I am called to experience this, as it happened to women: "Fear not:; go and tell my brothers that they are going to Galilee: there they will see me ».

.

Author
Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

.

.

PDF format Print article
.

.

.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Lamp of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish church of the convent of the Capuchin Friars Minor of Laconi (Oristano)

"Do not be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, the crucifix. It is not here. He is risen as he said " [Mt 28, 1-10].

.

These are the words taken from the Gospel of Matthew of this night they announce the Resurrection of Christ to us. n strong announcement that contrasts with two aspects present in the life of each of us: fear and death. And in the face of fear and death, we don't just need to be encouraged, but we need to find someone who will free us from death and put fear away. Easter is the answer to this need. Indeed, first of all, the Angel invites women not to be afraid.

.

For the current health crisis each of us is experiencing a time of discouragement and fear. A virus was enough to question our whole life and what seemed until recently normal, today it is no longer. Easter is the event where God through Jesus Christ tells us that man was not created to live in fear, but it was created free and free of all evil. We cannot therefore think of leading a normal life - even of faith - if we allow fear to dominate us. So what is the remedy for fear? It is Jesus, it is knowing that he has not forgotten us, he is also the Living One during this time of trial. Precisely because he is true God and true man he is capable of a hug that saves, which greatly exceeds every sin and every evil in the world.

.

Father Ivano Liguori, celebration of the Paquale Triduum in the parish church of the Convent of the Capuchin Friars Minor of Laconi (Oristano)

When we have overcome fear, there remains in us a question that we also see in the hearts of women who go to the sepulcher: when I go in search of Jesus, who am I looking for, a living or a dead person? The angel clearly tells women: «I know you are looking for Jesus, the crucifix », which means you are looking for that Jesus who has been killed. But that Jesus after Friday and Holy Saturday is no longer there, there is no longer a corpse but the Risen One, there is no longer a deceased but the Living.

.

Dear brothers, when I consider Jesus as a deceased, when I see in him the dear extinct to be pitied or when I see in him only a tradition of the past to be respected annually it is difficult to make Easter, it is difficult to find a remedy for fear and death. But Jesus is not a dead man is the Living One, it is the eternal present and I am called to experience this, as it happened to women: "Fear not:; go and tell my brothers that they are going to Galilee: there they will see me ».

.

Father Ivano Liguori, celebration of the Paquale Triduum in the parish church of the Convent of the Capuchin Friars Minor of Laconi (Oristano)

Today the challenge of the Easter faith takes us to meet Jesus alive in the Galilee of the Coronavirus health emergency. It means bringing the announcement of the living - theExultet Pasquale - in those death situations, of illness, of fear raging in our cities, within our dear nation, worldwide.

.

Where is your victory or death, where your victory is or illness? There is not, it ended with the silence of Holy Saturday, today is Easter Sunday, today the life and salvation of Christ wins.

.

Dear friends, while experiencing an Easter behind closed doors, in the intimacy of our homes, of our apartments, this does not prevent the Risen One from making himself present. He who entered behind the closed doors to show himself risen to the Apostles, will also manifest to us, gathered on this day in his name. Live Jesus opens wide the doors of our houses, it opens the doors of our fears and enters it as a powerful Savior. It won't be a virus that snatches us from the love of Christ, it will not be a virus that renders the Lord's Passover in vain.

.

Risen Christ bless us all and let us get back to the serenity of everyday life soon, not in fear of death but in the joy of life that has no end.

Happy Easter, Christ is truly risen!

Laconi, 11 April 2020

.

.

.

.

To stay as close as possible to the faithful in this time of crisis and emergency, the editorial staff of The Island of Patmos informs readers that our author Father Ivano LIGUORI, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Care on Facebook the heading 'THE WORD NETWORK ", offering of three times a week meditations. You can access the edited page from our Father clicking on the logo below:

.

.

This is the page of our shop WHO. Unfortunately our Amazon printing and distribution company has suspended for the time being, following the emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic, the production and distribution of all non-essential items, including books. Therefore, when, our titles are not available.

.

«You will know the truth and the truth will set you free» [GV 8,32],
but bring, spread and defend the truth not only of
risks but also the costs. Help us supporting this Island
with your offers through the secure Paypal system:
 









 

or you can use the bank account:

payable to Editions The island of Patmos

IBAN IT 74R0503403259000000301118
in this case, send us an email warning, because the bank
It does not provide your email and we could not send you a
thanksgiving [ isoladipatmos@gmail.com ]

 

.

.

 

.

.

.

.

What do you want to do ?

New mail

Avatar

About isoladipatmos

One thought on "Christ's resurrection is that act of perfect saving love that drives away the fear of death in us

  1. Dear father
    We understand very well the value of this from the point of view of Catholic doctrine which expresses its point of view on the fear of death and the correlative faith in the resurrection, claiming that this fear constitutes the common substratum to mankind because death is the painful wages of Adam's sin (of which we are all children) inaugurating that conception that “paradoxical” linear time which then concretizes the history of salvation, inconceivable in other areas.
    This however does not coincide with the feeling of many peoples variously distributed in the terrestrial globe that, believing circular and nonlinear time, imagined (or they were taught by way of revelation) and they lived (and live) in a different condition temporality. Linked to gradually larger cosmic cycles, they saw in the repetitive celestial machine, always returning to the same point, the rhythm of their own individual existences and at this berth they coherently anchored their ephemeral individuality in the perfect and imperturbable conviction that even in their person was engraved the same motion that they saw appearing in the slow turning of the skies.

    Consequently, they were convinced that there is a life with the body and a life without the body, that is, the body appeared to them as a dismissive tunic.
    Even the phrase "woman you will give birth with pain" - the entrance to life - is a culturally conditioned belief as in many human groups childbirth, albeit obviously demanding, it is rarely painful and occurs completely naturally, even conversing with bystanders, in similitude to this attitude, his separation from the body is accepted by the dying person.
    These are the thoughts that a religious without religion like me gets these days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters remaining

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.