From the Desk of Fr. Asare
My Sisters and Brothers in the Lord:
They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”… On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed,” (Mk 16:3-5).
On early Sunday morning the women who followed Jesus to his crucifixion went to the tomb to anoint his body. The men on the other hand had locked themselves up in the Upper Room due to fear and despair. As the women were going, they had one great concern and worry about who was going to roll the stone from the entrance of the tomb. The women knew that the stone at the entrance was beyond their strength. They may have forgotten that the God we serve is an on time God, who always makes a way out of no way. So, to the amazement of these worried women, when they got to the tomb the stone had already been rolled away.
It is God who knows us more than we know ourselves and all our needs. He always takes the initiative to open closed doors in our lives. With an opened entrance, the women entered the tomb and saw a messenger who gave them an unbelievable message that Jesus had risen from the dead. “He has been raised: he is not here, Behold the place where they laid him,” (Mk 16:6).
Alleluia,Alleluia, Alleluia! Jesus, the Son of God, has conquered death and death no longer has power over Him. Due to His mighty power, the tomb could not contain the body of Jesus the Christ, so the stone has to roll away from the entrance. This is the mystery of the Resurrection which we celebrate as Christian people. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ assures us that Jesus lives, He is present among us and we must get to know Him personally.
Like the women who entered the tomb, we are also called to enter into the mystery of the Resurrection of the Lord. To enter into the mystery means, we need to let go of our fears whichcause us to lock ourselves up into lowliness instead of forming a community which cares for the needs of each other. To enter into the mystery brings us into the realization that we are redeemed and sanctified by the Precious Blood of Jesus. To enter into the mystery of the Resurrection challenges us toacknowledge our sinfulness, weakness, powerlessness, fears and our need for God’s grace and mercy every moment of our lives.
The women who were the disciples of Jesus teach us a great lesson that all of us can learn. They remembered the words of Jesus Christ to the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, where He said, “Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” (Mk 14:38). The women watched and prayed, so with that hope in mind and anattitude of faith and love, they went to the tomb to pay their last tribute to their beloved friend and Lord.
As Alleluia people, may we learn from these holy women to keep watch with God and pray together with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother. Through her intercession, may we enter fully into the mystery of the Resurrection of the Lord, to engage, energize and empower the holy people of God to grow and evolve spiritually.
There, may we learn that “trouble don’t last always”, and realize that the power of the Resurrection can always lead us from sadness to joy, despair to hope, self-centeredness to self-giving, evil to good and from death to life. This is our faith, that we have a God whose presence will always give us the blessed assurance that we need in our lives to keep on keeping on.
I conclude with the words of St Paul, “I gave thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,” (Phil 1:3-4). I am grateful to God for your love, dedication, faithfulness and your financial commitment to our St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. It’s my prayer that, God who has begun this good work in you, will bring it to a fruitful completion. You and yours will be remembered in a very special way at Mass on Easter Sunday.
Wishing you a Blessed Happy Easter, I am
Rev. J. Asare-Dankwah
Pastor - St. Peter Claver Catholic Church