Christ is risen – Alleluia!

“Jesus appeared after his resurrection to certain chosen witnesses; now we are those witnesses.” Peter’s words can apply to ourselves as this joyful Easter season begins.

Christ’s resurrection has changed everything in our life. It has not necessarily taken our problems away, but it has enabled us to see them in a completely new light.

There was a Russian saint who was sought out by many people in trouble. Sometimes, seeing someone coming to him, he would instantly know what their problem was, and running towards them he would hug them and say, “My joy, Christ is risen!” and the person would no longer need to tell him anything because they knew that the Resurrection of Jesus had changed everything.

So let us open the doors to Jesus Christ, the doors of our own life, of our family, our society and every situation we face. Christ walked through locked doors to greet his disciples, but usually he waits for us to open the door and invite him in. And then we become witnesses of his Resurrection by the very change that takes place in us, from despair to hope, from sadness to joy and from fear to the confidence that we stand before him as his beloved sons and daughters.