1 April 2018
By Stefania Caterina and Fr. Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; Happy Easter and best wishes to all of you. I want us to experience this Easter in communion with all brothers and sisters of the universe, all men of good will and all angels; we shall live this Easter in a new and more profound way.
From the reading of the Gospel of St. Mark we heard in last night’s Vigil, we understand that the testimonies reacted with timidity and fear when they encountered the Risen Christ for the first time. Even though they had received the order to “Go and tell …” the resurrection of Christ the women ran away and didn’t say anything to anyone. Today we read in the Gospel of John how two disciples, Peter, the head of the Apostles, and John, who was very close to Jesus, were bewildered when they went (to the sepulchre) and saw, and timidly they believed. Why? Because they hadn’t understood the Scriptures. It was an obvious fact that He hadn’t been smuggled away because the complete cloth was there. They couldn’t have carried him away undressed.
This means that Jesus’ resurrection reaches our heart only slowly. Besides the visible proof and the ability to perceive the reality with one’s hands, which is typical for St. Thomas, and the possibility to eat with the risen Jesus as the Gospel tells, there is something else moving and awakening our inmost being to understanding and conversion. This is a reality that we must understand, for the historical events of the resurrection of Jesus Christ have been written and verified. The testimony of the whole history of the Church and the saints has been documented and verified.
Even today the angels bear witness to the Risen Jesus Christ everywhere in the universe, and the faithful brothers and sisters travel the universe to give testimony of the resurrection of Christ. In the last eleven, twelve years we have given testimony of this action in the whole universe which is strong, much stronger than the events at the beginning of Christianity; however, we may encounter Jesus Christ only in our inmost being. Continue reading