THE PERIOD OF RESURRECTION
During the “Period of Resurrection” of our Lord, we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death, sin, suffering and Satan. The empty TOMB, the empty CROSS, the blooming or living or flourishing or flowering or fruit bearing TREE, and so on are speaking icons or images in the Church of this unique victory of Jesus. The devotees are incorporated to Jesus’ Risen Body in holy baptism and nourished through the same Body in the life-giving Eucharistic celebration until they grow to the full maturity and inherit the everlasting Kingdom. The most vivid expression and celebration of this reality is the Qurbana, the Eucharistic celebration. Besides transfiguring the faithful to the Risen body of Jesus, the Eucharistic celebration fills us with the effects of Resurrection, namely, the new life, renewal, peace, tranquility, satisfaction, and joy.
The Holy Spirit who transformed the material body of our Lord to the glorified ‘Spirit-Body’ is also working constantly in every faithful who receives Jesus’ Body in the Holy Eucharist, transforming them also to ‘spirit-body’ (Rom 8:11). We pray in our Holy Qurbana celebration: “Let us receive the Holy Qurbana and be sanctified by the Holy Spirit”. The blooming or flowering or glorious CROSS shines forth in the Church and in the world as the sign of cosmic transfiguration brought about in the Resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus is the Head of the Mystical Body, the Church; we are all members of the Body of Christ. When Jesus, our Head is victorious over death, sin, suffering and Satan, we also participate in the victory and celebrate it.
The soldiers who guarded Jesus’ tomb were the only people who could have confirmed that something miraculous had indeed happened under their watch. But they chose not to believe in Jesus and seek salvation. Instead, they allowed themselves to be bought, like Judas. What do we prefer in our lives? So also, the rulers and leaders heard it straight from the guards on duty, what indeed happened. Still, they did not accept the Resurrection but suppressed and silenced the truth. Do we ignore the truth that God reveals to us and go after selfish goals?