Happy Easter to you all for Christ is risen from the dead - Alleluia Alleluia! For the past 40 days of Lent, we have worked so hard to Repent from our sins by praying better and more often, by fasting and mortification, and by practicing Charity or Almsgiving. We have Reconciled ourselves to God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession, and we have Renewed our lives by being more faithful to God this past Lenten season. So as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection today, we are called by Him to a newness of life by becoming His light in the world and by carrying His light to others. How can we be the light of Christ in the world, and how can we carry this light to the world?

Today’s readings tell us how we can become the light of Christ in the world and how we can carry His light into the world. St. Paul in his Letter to the Colossians, chapter 3, verse 1 to 4, our second reading said, “Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.” In these words, St. Paul reminds us of our rebirth in Christ and urges us to focus on the resurrected Christ and seek what is above so as to share in His glory after our lives on earth.

Then St. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10, verse 34, and 37 to 43, today’s first reading tells us that since we are reborn in Christ and are new beings, we have been “commissioned to preach to the people and testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.” Hence my dear brothers and sisters, this Easter season, we are called to become the light of Christ in the world because we have been reborn in Him and are new beings. So let us seek what is above, and not what is on earth and carry this light of the risen Lord into the world; testifying and preaching to the world that Jesus Christ our Lord is truly risen from the dead.