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Sunday Homily – 09 April 2023

Easter Sunday, The resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Also Read: Mass Readings for 09 April 2023 Mass Reading Reflection for 09 April 2023

Gospel: John 20: 1-9 or Matthew 28: 1-10

The tomb is supposed to be the final confinement no man can escape. But tonight, we contemplate an empty tomb. Through the empty tomb, Jesus tells us that we are not destined to end in the tomb.

When one is dead, the relatives and friends carry the body to the tomb. But many send their souls and minds to the tomb ahead of their funeral. Many walk around with their bodies, but they have happily buried themselves in one or another tomb. This Easter asks us to come out of the grave and live with Jesus! Come out of the grave you have created for yourself. Come out of the grave someone else has made for you.

Come out of your grave and live a free life. Because it is Jesus who has set you free, it is Jesus who is inviting you out of your grave!

Jesus has set you free from the chains of sins, using His blood shed on the Cross. Now live free, never again going back to the tombs of sin.

Break your chains and remove the heavy stone of pride that has confined you. Jesus is inviting you to a new life, a free and light life.

Jesus has set you free from the bondage of hatred. Now live free of hatred. Because when you hate someone, you let yourself be under the bondage of hate. Live a life filled with love to the brim.

Be free and celebrate the victory of everyone you know; because if you are uncomfortable with the victory of anyone, you are under the chains of jealousy.

Break the chains of greed and celebrate Easter; because Jesus has assured us that we have a Father in Heaven taking care of our needs.

If you have happily buried yourself in the tomb of lust, Jesus invites you to come out and live a committed life with your spouse, blessed and received at the altar.

If you are lying in the tomb of laziness, with chains of social media firmly in place, Jesus is standing in front of you calling, as He called Lazar, to come out and joyfully live a responsible life.

Be graceful and grateful at your table. Enjoy what is set for you, never forgetting that you eat to live and share! Take care not to return to the tomb of the glutton, if you were confined to it. Jesus has set you free today.

Jesus has set us a model by coming out of His tomb. He is our ultimate model and possibility. If He could come out of His tomb, we too can. He is our guarantee. Once again scan your life. See if you have buried yourself in one or another tomb. If you are in one, come out of it. There is no better day to come out of your grave than this Easter day. Jesus is calling you out and waiting for you with a welcome smile.

Amen.

Fr. Bobby Joseph CMI
Fr. Bobby Joseph CMIhttps://www.catholicgallery.org/
Hello, I am Fr. Bobby Joseph CMI, a Catholic priest belonging to the Indian Carmelite order, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), founded by three pious 19th-century priests: Fr. Thomas Palackal, Fr. Thomas Porukara, and St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Currently, I work as a missionary priest working in Peru. May God bless you all!

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