Every time we profess our faith, we declare that “Jesus suffered, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead.” On Good Friday, we commemorated Jesus’ death and burial. On Holy Saturday, we recalled his descent into hell. And on Easter Sunday, the third day, we joyfully celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
There is always a “third day”. This is what Easter Sunday reminds us. There is always a resurrection. The story of Jesus did not end on Good Friday when he died on the cross at Calvary. The story of Jesus did not end when he was buried. On the third day, he rose again. There is always a “third day”. There is always a resurrection.
And because Jesus rose again, we have hope that, like him, there will also be a “third day” for us. You may feel like you are just on your first day – the day of betrayal by those you trust, denial by your friends, and abandonment by those you expected to stick out with you until the end. You may feel like you are just on your second day – the day of judgment and being misunderstood, suffering and pain. You may be on your second day of death because you lost many things in life. You lost loved ones. You lost all sense for living. You may be on your second day of burial. You feel buried in a bad habit, in guilt, in your dark past, and in sin. Just wait, for life does not end there. There will always be a “third day”, a day of victory, a day of the resurrection. Even this pandemic will have its “third day.” One day, we will all experience resurrection.
Jesus rose again, not just to vindicate himself. The resurrection is not only for Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus is for us. Jesus rose again to tell you, in ways more powerful than words, “do not despair, continue to trust, continue to hope, your ‘third day’ will also come. There is also a resurrection that awaits you.” And to this, we say, Alleluia!
-Excerpt from "Easter Message 2022", The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
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