Father Philip Writes...
Easter is about what happened to Jesus, and yet, as we read the Gospels, it is also about what happened to Jesus’ disciples. Mary Magdalene, the other women, John, Peter, the others and finally Thomas. They believed something had happened to them. They saw the empty tomb, they later ate with him and were willing to live their belief and die for their faith in the Risen Jesus.
The Paschal Candle speaks of everlasting life. The tomb is a symbol of the womb – a place for new life. The child in the womb must ‘die’ to its old life to experience a new life in this world. Similarly, when our time in the ‘womb’ of this earthly life has reached full term, we shake off this mortal coil to begin another new life – everlasting life:
That is why the Paschal Candle is placed by the coffin at a funeral – when our earthly journey has ended – and by the Font, where we begin our Christian journey.
Easter calls us to pass on our faith in the Risen Christ to others, rather like a baton is passed from one runner to the next in a relay race.
Second: our Christian faith in the resurrection should show in the way we treat each other. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said to a helper,
“When you treat the poor, touch them in the way you would touch Jesus himself.” We all need to see people through the eyes of faith."