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The Resurrection of Jesus

1st Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
Solemnity - date varies, depending on the moon!

Pope Francis's words in: 2018, 2017, the Jubilee of Mercy 2016, 2015, 2014 & the Year of Faith 2013
Papa Benedict XVI's words in: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006
Saint John Paul II's words in: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, the great Jubilee 2000, 1990, 1984, 1980 & 1979

Sunday Evangelium by Fr Marcus Holden     
"Then we can begin to see not only the resurrection as a fact, as a historical matter, but see the significance of these events, their meaning, what they stand for, for us, and for the world, and for everything. Not just a great miracle, a wonderful bloke coming back to life, not merely a grand proof of all he taught, not only a sign of life beyond the grave, nor just of God's presence amongst us. But what we are talking about here is a new beginning, a new creation, human life transformed, renewed, glorified and communicated to us."

3 2us by Father Tony Nye SJ      
"We are supported by love. That was the key I think to the beloved disciple’s faith in today’s Gospel. He looked into the empty tomb, when he had given way to Peter first. He saw and he believed. He believed because he loved and knew himself to be loved. May each one of us grow a bit more in our faith in the Risen Lord this Easter, in love and in being loved."

Papa Francis's Homily at the Easter Vigil 2018      

"And if yesterday, with the women, we contemplated “the one whom they have pierced” (cf Jn 19, 36; cf Zech 12, 10), today with them we are called to contemplate the empty tomb and to listen to the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid… He is risen” (Mt 28, 5-6). Words that want to reach our deepest convictions and certainties, our ways of judging and dealing with everyday events; especially our way of relating with others. The empty tomb wants to challenge, move, question us, but above all it wants to encourage us to believe and trust that God “happens” in any situation, in any person, and that his light can reach into the most unpredictable and closed corners of existence. He has risen from death, he has risen from the place from which nobody awaits anything and He awaits us – as He awaited the women – so as to render us participants in his work of salvation. This is the foundation and the strength that we have as Christians so as to spend our lives and our energy, intelligence, affections and will in seeking and especially in generating pathways of dignity. He is not here… He is risen! It is the announcement that sustains our hope and transforms it into concrete gestures of love. How much we need to let our fragility be anointed by this experience! How much we need our faith to be renewed, our myopic horizons to be challenged and renewed by this announcement! He is risen and with Him rises our creative hope to face actual problems, because we know that we are not alone.

To celebrate Easter means to believe anew that God bursts into and does not cease to burst into our stories, defying our uniform and paralyzing determinisms. To celebrate Easter means to let Jesus conquer that pusillanimous attitude that so often besieges us and tries to bury every kind of hope.

The stone of the sepulchre has done its part, the women have done their part, now the invitation is addressed once again to you and to me: the invitation to break from repetitive habits, to renew our lives, our choices and our existence. An invitation that is addressed to us here where we find ourselves, in that which we are doing and are being; with the “quota of power” that we have. Do we want to participate in this announcement of life or will we remain silent before events?

He is not here… he is risen! And he is waiting for you in Galilee, he is inviting you to return/go back to the time and place of the first love, so as to say to you: Do not be afraid, follow me."

Catechesis by Pope St John Paul II
General Audience, Wednesday 18 April 1979 - in English, French, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

"1. "Haec dies quam fecit Dominus".

All these days between Easter Sunday and the second Sunday of Easter "in Albis", constitute in a certain sense the Unique Day. The liturgy is concentrated on an Event, on the unique Mystery. "He is risen, he is not here" (Mk 16, 6). He has accomplished the Passover. He has revealed the meaning of the Passage. He has confirmed the truth of his words. He has spoken the last word of his message: the message of the Good News of the Gospel. God himself, who is Father, that is giver of life, God himself who does not want death (cf Ez 18, 23.32) and "has created all things for existence" (Wis 1, 14), has manifested to the very end, in him and through him, his Love. Love means Life.

The Resurrection is the definitive testimony of Life, that is, of Love.

"Mors et vita duello / conflixere mirando / Dux vitae mortuus / regnat Vivus!" 
"Death and Life confronted each other in a prodigious duel. The Lord of life died; now Living He reigns" (Easter Sequence).

"Here is the Day that the Lord has made" (Psalm 118, 24): "Excelsior cunctis, lucidior universis, in quo Dominus resurrexit, in quo sibi novam plebem... regenerationis spiritu conquisivit, in quo singulorum mentes gaudio et exsultatione perfudit" (the day more sublime than all, more luminous than all; on which the Lord rose again; on which he won for himself a new people... by the spirit of regeneration; on which he filled the souls of all with joy and exultation (St Augustine, Sermon 168, in Pascha X1: PL 39, 2070)).

This Unique Day corresponds, in a certain way, to the seven days which the book of Genesis speaks about, and which were the days of creation (cf Gen 1-2). Therefore we celebrate them all on this unique day. On these days during the octave we celebrate the mystery of the new Creation. This mystery is expressed in the Person of the Risen Christ. He himself is already this Mystery and constitutes for us its announcement, the invitation to it. The leaven. By virtue of this invitation we all become in Jesus Christ the "new creation".

"Let us thus celebrate the feast not with the old leaven ... but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Cor 5, 8).

2. Christ, after his resurrection, returns to the same place from which he had gone to his Passion and Death. He returns to the cenacle, where the apostles were to be found. While the doors were closed he entered, stood in the midst of them and said: "Peace be with you". And he continues: "As the Father sent me, so am I sending you... Receive the Holy Spirit; those whose sins you forgive will be forgiven and those whose sins you do not forgive, they will not be forgiven" (Jn 20, 19-23).

How significant are these first words of Jesus after his Resurrection! In them is contained the message of the Risen One. When he says: "Receive the Holy Spirit", there comes to mind the same
cenacle in which Jesus pronounced the farewell discourse. Then he uttered the words charged with the mystery of his heart: "It is good for you that I go away, because if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but when I have gone, I will send him to you" (Jn 16, 7). He spoke thus thinking of the Holy Spirit.

And now, after having accomplished his sacrifice, his "departure" through the Cross, he comes anew to the cenacle so as to bring to them the One whom he has promised. The Gospel says: "And he breathed on them and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit"" (Jn 20, 22). He enunciates the mature word of his Passover. He brings to them the Gift of the Passion and the Fruit of the Resurrection. With this gift he shapes them anew. He gives them the power to awaken others to Life, even when this Life is dead in them: "
those whose sins you forgive will be forgiven" (Jn 20, 23).

Fifty days will pass from the Resurrection to Pentecost. But already in this Unique Day made by the Lord
(cf Ps 118, 24) are enclosed the essential Gift and the Fruit of Pentecost. When Christ says: "Receive the Holy Spirit", he announces his paschal mystery to the end.

"Hoc autem est mysticum et secretissimum, quod nemo novit, nisi qui accipit, nec accipit nisi qui desiderat, nec desiderat, nisi quem ignis Spiritus Sancti medullitus inflammat, quem Christus misit in terram" (This is a
reality, mysterious and hidden, which no one knows but he who receives it, and no one receives it but he who desires it, and no one desires it but he who is inflamed in the innermost depths of his heart by the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent on earth (St Bonaventure, Itinerarium mentis in Deum, cap. 7, 4)).

3. The Second Vatican Council illuminated anew the paschal mystery in the earthly pilgrimage of the People of God. It drew from it the full image of the Church, which always puts its roots in this salvific mystery, and draws from it
vital sap. "The son of God, by uniting to himself human nature and conquering death with his death and resurrection, has redeemed man and has "transformed him into a new creature" (cf Gal 6, 15; 2 Cor 5, 17). Indeed by communicating his Spirit to his brothers whom he has called from among all the peoples, he made them constitute his mystical body. In this body the life of Christ spreads among believers who, through the sacraments, are united in an arcane and real way to the suffering and glorious Christ" (Lumen Gentium, 7).

The Church dwells constantly in the mystery of the Son which was accomplished with the descent of the Spirit, Pentecost.

The paschal octave is the Day of the Church!

In living this Day, we must accept, together with it, the words that rang out for the first time in the cenacle where the Risen One appeared: "As the Father has sent me, so am I sending you" (Jn 20, 21).

To accept the Risen Christ means to accept the mission, just as those who
at that moment were gathered in the cenacle, the apostles, accepted it.

To believe in the Risen Christ means to take part in the same salvific mission, which he accomplished with the paschal mystery. Faith is the conviction of the intelligence and of the heart.

Such a conviction acquires its full meaning when from it is born participation in this mission, which Christ accepted from the Father.
Consequently to believe means to accept this mission from Christ.

Among the apostles, Thomas was absent when the Risen Christ came to the cenacle
for the first time. This Thomas, who declared aloud to his brothers "If I do not see... I will not believe" (Jn 20, 25), was convinced by the next coming of the Risen Christ. Then, as we know, all his reservations vanished and he professed his faith with these words: "My Lord and my God" (Jn 20, 28). Together with the experience of the paschal mystery, he reconfirmed his participation in the mission of Christ. As if, after eight days, these words of Christ also reached him: "As the Father has sent me, so am I sending you" (cf Jn 20, 21).

Thomas became a mature witness of Christ.

4. The Second Vatican Council teaches the doctrine on the mission of all the People of God, which has been called to participate in the mission of Christ himself (cf Lumen Gentium, 10-12). It is a triple mission. Christ — Priest, Prophet and King - has expressed to the very end his mission in the paschal mystery, in the Resurrection.

Each of us in this great community of the Church, of the People of God, participate in this mission through the sacrament of Baptism. Like Thomas, each of us is called to faith in the Resurrection: "Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand, and place it in my side; and no longer be incredulous but believing" (Jn 20, 27).

Each of us has the duty to define the meaning of his own life through this faith. This life has a very varied form. We ourselves are to give it a determined form. And it is precisely our faith which makes the life of each one of us be penetrated in some part by this mission, which Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, has accepted from the Father and has shared with us. Faith makes some part of the paschal mystery penetrate the life of each of us. A certain irradiation of it.

We must find this ray so as to live it every day for all this time, begun anew on the Day which the Lord has made."

Ai giovani

"A particularly affectionate greeting now goes to the boys and girls and all the young people who have come in such large numbers to bring joy to this General Audience. Beloved young people, I thank you warmly for this significant presence of yours and for the joy you give me with the gift of your youth and your faith in the Risen Christ. In this paschal time, I will say to you with the Apostle Paul: "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Col 3, 1-2). Dear young people, raise up your hearts and advance in the Lord's name!"

Ai malati

"Un pensiero, ormai consueto, ma sempre nuovo e vivamente sentito, desidero rivolgere a quanti di voi sono sofferenti. Le piaghe gloriose di Cristo risorto valgano ad illuminare e sanare le vostre ferite, fisiche e morali, tuttora aperte e doloranti. Ricordate la massima ascetica: “Per crucem ad lucem”, cioè: attraverso le sofferenze della Croce si giunge alla beatitudine della luce. Sappiate che Cristo con la sua Risurrezione ha riscattato e redento il dolore, il quale ha così acquistato la sua dignità, essendo stato chiamato ad uscire dalla sua inutilità e a diventare fonte positiva di bene e segno luminoso di speranza non fallace. Vi conforti sempre la mia speciale Benedizione Apostolica."

Agli sposi

"Agli sposi novelli auguro che la gioia pasquale, che in questi giorni irradia nei nostri cuori, li accompagni per tutta la loro vita, e li aiuti a vincere i pericoli, sempre insorgenti, dell’egoismo, il grande male della vita familiare. Vi accompagni anche, lungo il corso della vostra vita, il canto dell’“alleluia”, che in questi giorni risuona nelle nostre chiese. Questo canto liturgico, che significa “Lodate il Signore”, risuoni sempre nelle vostre case e nei vostri cuori a testimonianza della letizia cristiana. Vi benedico di cuore."


"Ancora una parola per invitarvi alla preghiera. Abbiamo gioito insieme per la vittoria di Cristo sulla morte, gustando la sovrabbondanza di grazia e di vita che ci è stata comunicata da lui. Pasqua è veramente una festa di gioia e di vita.

Eppure non possiamo dimenticare il dolore, la mestizia che hanno avvolto, proprio in questi giorni, con la perdita di vite umane, con sofferenze e privazioni di ogni genere, i popoli di alcune regioni del mondo: per un improvviso cataclisma, come il terremoto che ha colpito, la mattina di Pasqua, numerosi centri abitati in Jugoslavia e in Albania; oppure a causa dell’aggravarsi di tensioni politiche e sociali, di lotte armate, in Rhodesia, in Uganda, in Nicaragua; o per il riaccendersi di fiammate punitive, doloroso strascico di precedenti rivolgimenti.

Vorrei che la preghiera che insieme rivolgiamo al Signore, con l’intercessione di Maria regina dei cieli, potesse implorare pace ai morti, sollievo ai feriti e ai senza tetto, protezione alle popolazioni minacciate da incursioni o rappresaglie, umanità per i prigionieri e clemenza per i vinti, perdono e riconciliazione per tutti."