April 8, 2012

Let There Be Light!

Benedict XVI - Easter Vigil
on Holy Saturday on April 7, 2012
(Getty Images)
At Easter, on the morning of the first day of the week, God said once again: “Let there be light.” The night on the Mount of Olives, the solar eclipse of Jesus’ passion and death, the night of the grave had all passed. Now it is the first day once again – creation is beginning anew. “Let there be light,” says God, “and there was light:” Jesus rises from the grave. Life is stronger than death. Good is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Truth is stronger than lies. The darkness of the previous days is driven away the moment Jesus rises from the grave and himself becomes God’s pure light. But this applies not only to him, not only to the darkness of those days. With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew. He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness. He is God’s new day, new for all of us.

~ Benedict XVI, “With the resurrection of Jesus, God said once again: Let there be light!” The homily for the Easter Vigil on the night of April 7, 2012, in Saint Peter’s Basilica (read the full text here).

Happy Easter Everyone! May the risen Christ bring joy to your hearts and light to your eyes!

Fra Angelico, Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb (fresco)
Convento di San Marco, Florence