Easter Sunday – The Victory of Easter

by Bishop Robert Barron


Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But what does it mean to say, “Jesus conquered the grave”?

In the Gospels, Jesus is depicted, not so much as ethical teacher, but as cosmic warrior, come to do battle with the powers of sickness, disease, hatred, and sin. He shows his Lordship over fallen nature itself as he calms the storm and heals broken bodies.

Jesus calls out the powers and battles with them—not with the crude weapons of the world—but with God’s weapons of non-violence, compassion, and forgiveness.

The cosmos, which had been moving in one direction, now seems through him to be moving in another. The powers of dissolution, division, and separation are now being conquered. Jesus is knitting up the torn cosmos.

But what is the ultimate power of the world, the ultimate source of violence, sin, scattering, and dissolution? It is the power of death.

Because we are afraid to die, we cling to ourselves defensively; we try to assuage our fear through material things and sex and power; we lash out at others violently. Death tears at the fabric of the cosmos. One could say that the fear of death is at the root of all of the sin and violence in the human community.

Therefore, just as Jesus—God’s warrior—came to do battle with all of the powers opposed to God’s intention, just as he came to bring God’s “yes” to the “no” of the world, so he had to confront the final and greatest power.

Jesus stood, his whole life long, in the muddy waters of our human dysfunction, for he had to engage it at close quarters, drawing, as St. Anselm said, the diamond from the muck.

Jesus goes into the kingdom of death and brings to that dark place the light of God—and more to the point, he brings the power of God, and with this power he breaks the hold that death has over us.

Thus the Resurrection of Jesus is the declaration of victory over this terrible power.

The dark cloud that has brooded over our lives, turning us in on ourselves and outward in violence, has been removed. The power that has held us ransom has been overthrown.

   

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  • ber

    He has risen as he said allula he has risen as he said to bring glory to all men He has risen as he said allula
    Thank you for a wonderful interesting journey this lent May you feel the glory God won for us this Easter and to all my brothers and sisters happy holy Easter may you feel the joy of the risen lord in your soul
    Thank you bishop Barron happy holy easter

    • amanda sanchez

      YOU WERE TAUGHT TO THINK THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. IN
      ACTUALITY HE DID, IN THE BELLIES OF THOSE FOLLOWERS WHO ATE HIM. THEY CONSUMED
      JESUS FROM HEAD TO TOE AND JESUS WAS CONSUMED, LATER LAID TO REST AS EXCREMENT
      IN THE PRIVIES WITH ALL OTHER VILE UNMENTIONABLES. THIS IS A RITUAL CHRISTIANS
      PERFORM TO THIS DAY TO REMEMBER THE DISGUSTING TASK THESE FOLLOWERS PERFORMED
      TO FOREVER HIDE THE BODY OF THEIR MAN GOD.

      Christians are cannibals because of this
      passage in their sacred Gospels:

      [John 6: 53] Jesus said “Very truly I tell you
      unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life
      in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life and I will
      raise them up on the last day for my flesh is true food and my blood is true
      drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me and I in them.
      Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father so whoever
      eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven,
      not like that which your ancestors ate and they died. But the one who eats this
      bread will live forever.”

      I guess
      Christian vegetarians don’t get eternal life, bummer.

      We all die. You’re going
      to die ignoring the truth. I’m going to die knowing the truth.

      Why not offer some
      insightful quote from the past indicating that the followers of jesus
      did NOT consume the rotting body of jesus
      . Please do so, because if
      such a quote exists, it is contrary to the ritual performed to this very day,
      just that today its wine and wafers, not human blood and tissue.

      There is another take on
      the matter of the Christian consuming human flesh and its this:

      John lied in John 6: 53, meaning that Jesus never said that and John
      misinterpreted what Jesus said.

      I believe that over
      believing that someone claiming to “fulfill” the law (Torah) who
      insults God and commands his followers to consume a human, which God has never
      suggested and in fact even rebukes the consuming of ANY blood, including
      animal.

      So the choice is yours
      christians, continue to insult God and Torah, or think what Jesus really said.
      I give Jesus some latitude on this and put the blame of lying squarely on JOHN..

  • Anton D

    Wish you all a very Happy Easter and May the Load watch over us all.

    ‘ The dark cloud that has brooded over our lives, turning us in on ourselves and outward in violence, has been removed. The power that has held us ransom has been overthrown. ‘

    Thank you Bishop Barron. May God Bless you and the ‘word on fire’ team.

  • Anton D

    ..Happy Easter

  • concerned citizen

    Thank you Bishop Barron for another inspiring reflection on Easter. When we talk of our Lord’s conquer over deaths, we are talking of two deaths. First and foremost is the supernatural death of our soul. By our Lord’s Death and Resurrection, and through the Sacrament of Baptism, supernatural life which was lost by original sin, is restored back to our souls. And second is the death of our body. By our Lord’s Death and Resurrection, our body will resurrect and be reunited back to our soul at the Last Judgement.

    In dying, He destroyed our death. In rising, He restored our life!

    A Blessed Easter to all!

  • Rena Marzen

    Yes, we celebrate!
    We rise with Him, the cosmic warrior come to do battle with the powers of sickness, disease, hatred, and sin
    . . . to end the dissolution, division, and separation
    . . . to lift the dark cloud that has brooded over our lives
    . . .to stop the fear of death that turns us in on ourselves and outward in violence
    He has given us a new life to celebrate! Yes! We give thanks for this Easter day!

  • Alicia

    Thank you Bishop Barron for helping me grow spiritually! Thank you to everyone in this discussion thread, for sharing your thoughts and feelings about topics, I learned so much from each of you.
    Lamb of God
    You take away the sins of the world
    have Mercy on us!
    Joyous Easter!

  • jesspinosa

    Isn’t it wonderful to sing ALLELUIA once more? And for good reason – He is risen, ALLELUIA, indeed!

    • Mary Jane Madeline

      Jesspinosa- Thank you for sharing some powerful images also. ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN!

  • D Blyth

    Kristos anesti!

  • Tom O’Brien

    Jesus has risen just as he said he would! Happy Easter!

  • Elizabeth

    Bishop Robert Barron on this Special Sunday of all Sundays – Easter Sunday, thank you for your guiding us on our Lenten journey 2016. I will be sharing the blessings I received from the reflections of all who contributed to enhancing my Lenten reflections this year.

    As far as today’s Lenten Reflection from you, Bishop Robert Barron, what came to mind was this. When St. Anthony met a wild dog, because of his steadfastness in faith, the animal recognized he did not need fear St. Anthony. Therefore the animal was quieted and did not fear. I pray as we all go through this year, we profess our faith by our actions and let the world know there is a blessing for all – Life. Amen

  • Nancy Rynders

    May this glorious day be our reminder of the power of our Lord. Praise God for a blessed, happy Easter!

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  • Jackie

    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    The challenge for Christians is to believe this 100% in our body, minds and soul.

    It’s easy to get distracted from our everyday pursuits, we have to remember that all is for nothing if we don’t “pick up our mat and walk”. We can talk the talk but we will be known by our actions.

    Jesus gave us a new direction and a new commandment: “Love one another as I love you “. Acceptance of this great love will give us the courage to continue the journey here on earth and eternally. We mustn’t separate the two. The kingdom (Jesus) has come now and is in our midst.

    This is our challenge to accept this great love given to us through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

  • Mary Moreschi Dixon

    I am made new again. I am filled with gratitude for all those who accompany me in my sorrows and joys. Because of Christ, I can live again, rediscovering myself every day; saying yes to my vocation, yes to Him.

  • john t.

    To all — Have a very blessed Easter Sunday and season.

  • Deng

    As we celebrate JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD resurrection, let us all rejoice and be glad that HE has risen.The Resurrection of Jesus is the declaration of victory over death that hold over us. Be not afraid and have no fear. Let us Trust, have faith and Love the LORD GOD with all our heart and with all our strength.. Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen.

  • rtclovesmac

    Christ is risen indeed!
    It is what makes the difference in my life and my Faith.
    All others fail in comparison.

    The fear of death is the cause of most violence in the world…and ironically, most response to it is more death.
    As seen this morning when a peace march in Brussels is cancelled because Facist Black Shirts chose to be a part of it.
    I pray for our service members in harm’s way, many in indefensible situations because of political correctness.
    The best thing I can do is to pray until God calls me to do something more.

  • Juliet Kanu

    Alleluia!

  • Mary Jane Madeline

    Bishop Barron, Thank you for your spiritual and scholarly lessons shared! Blessed Easter to you and collaborators. I am still pondering Holy Saturday’s Homily from an anonymous source. So good of you to share this beautiful personification of Jesus.You gave us a Pearl. God bless you.

  • Màire Ní Bhroin

    Thank you Jesus for your Holy example and your Holy Word! Thank you Holy Spirit for lifting up Bishop Barron’s reflections on Jesus’s life & Holy Word and enlightening and inspiring us all on this journey through the lenten desert. Peace & love to all & a blessed, joyous Easter!

  • Linda Dokey

    ALLELUIA ALLELUIA! AMEN
    THANK YOU BISHOP BARRON AND HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY. GOD BLESS

  • P. Taylor

    Thank you so much Bishop Barron for all of your wonderful blessed words of wisdom throughout Lent! I have learned so much from you and from all those who have joined the conversation. Allelulia and a Happy and Blessed Easter to all.

  • Vilma