On the feast of Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We celebrate the light of God’s love overcoming the darkness of evil and destruction. The use of candles in the Easter Vigil is a beautiful reminder, as people light their tapers, that light shines and illuminates in the darkness. It’s also important to note that the darkness is still there, but it is pushed back to the edges of the church nave by the light of the holy fire.
We need to receive and to live this message of life these days, as we see so much death and destruction in our world caused by the decisions people make, as well as the effects of climate change, as we see people displaced by destruction of property and growing food poverty.
We need to remind ourselves that we have the capacity to be light for the world. The darkness will not go away, but neither will the love of Christ for us and for the world. We are called to be the light on the hill.
A happy and blessed Easter to all!
“May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.” (from the lighting of the candle ceremony at the Easter Vigil)