Catholic Homilies and Sermons for the liturgical year by Rev. Fr. Dr. John Kobina Louis of the Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana.
THEME: THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
READINGS: Acts 10:34, 37-43/ Colossians 3:1-4/ John 20:1-9
Many countries across the world experienced the spectacular phenomenon of the eclipse of the sun on 29th March, 2006. There was complete darkness for about three minutes then the superiority of the light of the sun showed up again. This is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ (the Light of the world: John 8:12) who arose on the third day after his death. Remember that at the crucifixion of Christ our Light, darkness covered the whole land for three hours (Mark 15:33). The Easter Vigil Liturgy of the light, in which there is a bonfire and the lighting of candles, portrays how Christ, the Light of the world, conquered the world of darkness by his resurrection.
Jesus predicted that ‘the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again’ (Mark 8:31). When he said that he would rise again on the third day, the chief priests, Pharisees and scribes who knew the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) were worried. So they asked Pilate to seal the tomb of Jesus and position guards there (Matt. 27:62-66).
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