Christians nationwide celebrate Easter Sunday

Archbishop urges people to build new society

I love Easter because it is a day in which we can say to each other "Christ is Risen" and know it is true.

Christian families in Kolkata had started preparing for Easter on the morning of Holy Saturday itself. I am sure all of us have encountered shopping with a woman where she goes through everything and seeks out the best possible deal, whereas men would go to the supermarket and just pick up the first thing. I love remembering all the times we did that as a family and seeing the younger generation discover the satisfaction in making an egg the "perfect" color with the "perfect" design and learning how to dye an egg with three colors all looking flawless.

Everyone who becomes a Christian does so because they believe that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, he paid the ultimate price for human sin, and that his resurrection enables anyone who believes in him to overcome sin and temptation. For Western churches, it can fall anywhere from March 22 to April 25, while the Orthodox Easter dates range from April 4 to May 8.

Visit any church and you'll find a multitude of people - they could be an ex-prison inmate, former gang member, a depressed lone parent, a husband or wife trapped in an unhappy marriage, a previously suicidal teenager, an ex-drug addict, or a career-driven, materially successful individual who is spiritually poor - who can testify how the Easter story has positively impacted their lives.

Happy Easter! Today Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday. It brings great joy and spreads hope for eternal life. "Welcome the love of God into your life". This festival gives us the holy message of brotherhood, love, tolerance, compassion, sacrifice and forgiveness.

How blessed we are to know that and to be able to celebrate the fact that even when the world seemed to have given up on Jesus, God reminded them in a powerful way that indeed He is in control. Before you read any further, do you know the answer?

Related News: