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The women carry spices to the tomb, but they fear that your journey is in vain, since a huge stone bars the enntrance gate to the sepulchre.

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The journey of those women is additionally our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation the we have actually made in ~ the massive of the Easter Vigil.

At times, it appears that every little thing comes up against a stone: the beauty, beauty of creation against the tragedy the sin; liberation indigenous slavery against infidelity come the covenant; the guarantees of the prophets versus the listless indifference of the people.

So too, in the background of the Church and also in ours own an individual history; it seems that the steps we take never take us to the goal. We have the right to be tempted come think that dashed hope is the bleak legislation of life.

At Easter, however, we view that our journey is not in vain; that does no come up against a tombstone. A single phrase astounds the women and also changes history: Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Lk 24:5).

Why do you think that everything is hopeless, the no one deserve to take away your very own tombstones? Why execute you offer in to resignation and failure?

Easter is the feast of tombstones taken away, of rocks rolling aside. God takes away even the hardest stones versus which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness.

Human background does no end prior to a tombstone, due to the fact that on Easter that encounters the “Living Stone” (cf. 1 pet 2:4), the climbed Jesus.

We, together Church, are developed on him, and, even when we prosper disheartened and are tempted to judge every little thing in the irradiate of ours failures, he pertains to make all things new, come overturn ours every disappointment.

Each of united state is referred to as to rediscover in the increased Christ the one that rolls earlier from our heart the most difficult of stones. For this reason let us an initial ask: What is the stone that I need to remove, what is that name?

Often what blocks hope is the rock of discouragement. As soon as we begin thinking that whatever is walking badly and also that things can’t obtain worse, we lose heart and also come to believe that fatality is more powerful than life.

We come to be cynical, an adverse and despondent. Rock upon stone, we construct within ourselves a monument come our very own dissatisfaction: the sepulchre the hope.

Life i do not care a sequence of complaints and we grow sick in spirit. A kind of tomb psychology takes over: every little thing ends there, with no expect of arising alive. However at that moment, us hear once much more the insistent inquiry of Easter: Why execute you look for the living among the dead?

The mr is not to be discovered in resignation. That is risen; the is not there. Don’t seek him wherein you will never discover him: that is no the God that the dead however of the life (cf. Mk 22:32). Do not bury hope!

There is another stone that frequently seals the heart shut: the stone of sin. Sin seduces; it guarantees things easy and also quick, prosperity and also success, but then pipeline behind only loneliness and also death.

Sin is trying to find life amongst the dead, for the definition of life in points that pass away. Why carry out you look for the living amongst the dead?

Why not make up your mind come abandon the sin which, favor a rock before the entrance to your heart, keeps God’s irradiate from start in? Why not choose Jesus, the true light (cf. Jn 1:9), to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure? Why no tell the empty civilization that you no much longer live for them, however for the mr of life?

Let us return to the females who checked out Jesus’ tomb. They halted in amazement before the rock that to be taken away. See the angels, they stood there, the Gospel tells us, frightened, and bowed their encounters to the ground (Lk 24:5). They go not have the courage to look up.

How regularly do we do the exact same thing? We favor to continue to be huddled in ~ our shortcomings, cowering in our fears. The is odd, however why execute we do this?

Not infrequently because, glum and also closed up within ourselves, us feel in control, for it is simpler to continue to be alone in the darkness of our heart than to open up ourselves to the Lord. Yet just he deserve to raise us up.

A poet once wrote: “We never ever know how high we are till we are referred to as to increase (Emily Dickinson).

The lord calls us to gain up, to rise at his word, come look up and to realize that we were produced heaven, no for earth, for the heights that life and also not because that the depth of death: Why carry out you seek the living amongst the dead?

God asks united state to view life as he views it, for in each of united state he never ever ceases to see an irrepressible kernel the beauty. In sin, he sees sons and also daughters to it is in restored; in death, brothers and also sisters to be reborn; in desolation, mind to be revived.

Do no fear, then: the mr loves her life, also when you space afraid to look at it and take that in hand. In Easter he shows you just how much that loves that life: even to the allude of living it completely, suffering anguish, abandonment, death and hell, in bespeak to arise triumphant to tell you: “You are not alone; put your to trust in me!”.

Jesus is a professional at transforming our deaths right into life, our mourning right into dancing (cf. Ps 30:11). V him, we too can experience a Pasch, the is, a Passover—from self-centredness to communion, indigenous desolation come consolation, from are afraid to confidence.

Let united state not store our encounters bowed to the soil in fear, but let us raise our eye to the climbed Jesus. His gaze filling us through hope, because that it tells us that we space loved unfailingly, and that but much we make a mess of things, his love stays unchanged.

This is the one, non-negotiable certitude we have in life: his love does no change. Let us ask ourselves: In mine life, whereby am ns looking? Am ns gazing in ~ graveyards, or looking for the living One?

Why do you look for the living among the dead? The females hear the indigenous of the angels, that go on come say: Remember what he told you while he to be still in Galilee (Lk 24:6).

Those woman had lost hope due to the fact that they could not recall the words of Jesus, his call that took ar in Galilee. Having actually lost the living memory of Jesus, they preserved looking in ~ the tomb.

Faith constantly needs come go ago to Galilee, come reawaken its first love for Jesus and his call: to remember him, to turn earlier to him v all ours mind and also all our heart.

To return to a lively love that the mr is essential. Otherwise, ours is a “museum” faith, no an Easter faith. Jesus is no a personage from the past; he is a human being living today. We carry out not understand him from history books; us encounter him in life.

Today, let us remember just how Jesus very first called us, how he overcame ours darkness, our resistance, our sins, and also how he touch our hearts v his word.

The women, mental Jesus, left the tomb. Easter teaches united state that believers perform not linger at graveyards, because that they are called to go forth to fulfill the living One.

Let us ask ourselves: In mine life, wherein am ns going? occasionally we go just in the direction of our problems, of i m sorry there room plenty, and go to the Lord only for help. However then, that is our very own needs, not Jesus, to overview our steps. We store seeking the life One among the dead.

Or again, how countless times, as soon as we have encountered the Lord, perform we go back to the dead, digging up regrets, reproaches, hurts, and also dissatisfactions, without letting the increased One readjust us?

Dear brothers and sisters: let us placed the life One in ~ the facility of ours lives. Let united state ask because that the grace not to be lugged by the current, the sea of our problems; the grace no to run aground top top the shoals the sin or crash ~ above the reefs of discouragement and fear.

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Let us look for him in all things and over all things. V him, we will rise again.

The homily the Pope Francis in ~ the Easter Vigil Mass in ~ St. Peter’s Basilica, April 20, 2019