• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 10 April 2020 12:17

An Easter at home brings new life, new hope

Written by Fr Firminus Wiryono SVD

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Dear sisters and brothers,

The Easter celebrations this year are very interesting and certainly very different. It’s really our first Easter Triduum without the richness and the beauty of our liturgical Services, which we normally experience as a community of faith in our parishes.

However, this doesn’t mean, that we are skipping Easter this year. The Easter celebrations are not being cancelled, but they are being celebrated in a different way. 

We are celebrating Easter in our “Home-Church”, in the place where the heart is. Home, sweet home. Really, as never before, we are presented with an opportunity to journey more intentionally as a domestic church, gathered in our home, with those we live with or alone, to follow online all the Easter liturgies. We pray together and we are still  connected with one another from our home.  As our churches have been shut, let us worship God within our homes. Remember how the early Christian celebrated the Eucharist, as they gathered in a home.

Even though Easter is a bit different, the Spirit remains the same, the core values of the celebration of our faith remains the same: the resurrection is the foundation of our faith, it’s the greatest of all the miracles. 

However, Easter will have no meaning for us if we don’t embrace the mystery of the Resurrection of Christ in our own daily lives, in our own resurrection into new life. 

Also, there is no  meaning if we don’t embrace the mystery of cross and suffering, in our daily lives, as our own way to accepting the cross and subsequently the resurrection. 

As we embrace the suffering caused by the coronavirus crisis, we  come to an experience of the suffering of the cross. Only through that cross are we able to rise in our resurrection, after our present crisis is over.

What is our resurrection? First of all, we must come to a realisation that after the coronavirus,  it is only through suffering, that we are able to see what really matters in life. Money? Sports? Cruises? All these matter very little when compared with our wonderful gift of life. More than that, we have come to the realisation, as Fr Richard Rohr said ‘that life is not about us, but we are about life’. We are not our own. That’s why during this coronavirus crisis, everyone around the world is in solidarity and supporting each other to live a safe and a protected life. Life is precious and fully alive in us, because Jesus, who is the life, lives fully in us. That is the Easter message. Jesus, who is the Resurrection and the life, lives in us and remain present in us, especially in our struggles and in our fights against the coronavirus.

Secondly, as resurrected people, love is both who we are and who we are still becoming. The message of Easter is life and love revealing themselves as the same thing, which is the final and complete message of the Risen Christ: that is, the life of Christ and the love of Christ. His love is for our life, and His life is for the love of each of us. After His resurrection, Love is all that remains. Love and life are finally the same thing. That’s why, our call to life is our call to love, because to love means to be alive, and to be alive in the Risen Jesus means to love.

Finally, the Resurrection is life-giving. In other words, resurrection means Christmas. One might ask, why?  Let me explain it this way. Why was it that the first witness of the Resurrection was a woman named Mary Magdala? She loved Jesus more than  any other disciple. Why was it that  a woman had this privilege and not Peter, as the head of the disciples?  In another story, God sent His angel first of all to Mary in the Christmas story.  Could the reason be that women are essentially linked to the witnessing of the birth of a baby. Perhaps  the reason why the Resurrection was witnessed firstly by a woman is because the resurrection gives birth to new live

The death of Christ gives birth to new life. When Jesus died, the blood and water flowing from His side was a sign of faith that His death gives us new life, because water and blood are linked to  giving birth: water and blood accompany the newborn baby out of the womb of a mother.  Therefore, the mystery of the Cross, manifest in the death and the resurrection of Jesus brings new life and new hope to all who believe. 

Hopefully Easter this year, in the midst of coronavirus crisis, will be the instrument that brings new life and renewed hope to our lives, to accompany us in our way through these days of suffering and struggle.