Easter Sermon 2014
“When the women heard the words of the angel, they went away from the grave, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to them” (Mt 28:8).
The Gospel of Matthew describes the frightened women near the tomb. But he added that they were happy and above all that they ran to bring the message to the apostles.
As Pope Francis likes to say, there are three realities here: Firstly, the fear, but beware, this does not mean fear! This is rather an attitude that leads to respect and adoration. This is about admiring the greatness and the beauty of the risen Jesus and about worshipping him. Thatʼs the beauty of the resurrection! Secondly, there is the joy! Why? The women are very happy. Jesus is alive! He is the Living One, the first Risen! The resurrection of Jesus shows us our own resurrection: the victory over death. Everything does not end with death. True Life in God begins. Thatʼs the beauty of joy!
Finally, the women run. If you run, there is a reason: it is urgent! They immediately want to share this great joy with the apostles. The good news of the risen and living Jesus should be spread immediately. This is also the meaning of the new evangelization, which the Church aims to enhance in the world today. By whom? Not only by other people, but also by all of us who bear witness to their faith in Jesus, who died and rose for us all. Thatʼs the beauty of evangelization!
Beauty of the resurrection! Beauty of joy! Beauty of evangelization! Three beauties which are inseparable today! Yes, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (see Rom 10:15 b).
Dear brothers and sisters, will we too, like the two Popes John XXIII and John Paul II who will be canonized, be messengers of the good news for our brothers and sisters? What good news? This: Jesus is risen from the dead for us all! “Christ is risen! He is truly risen!” Amen. Halelujah!
Sermon of Msgr. Peter Bürcher Bishop of Reykjavík
3rd Sunday of Advent 2009
Feast of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Mary Mother of Europe