Fr. Dan White, S.J.
April 20, 2014
Eastern Christians traditionally greet one another this day and throughout the Easter season with, “Christ is risen!” Reply: “Truly, He is risen!”
What a wonderful custom. The Easter greeting is a reminder that even the most apparently mundane of activities, like meeting someone, must be seen in the light of the Resurrection. A simple “Hello” or “Good Morning” is not sufficient. The joy, peace, and hope that is ours through Christ requires a completely different way of encountering one another. The same old same old is woefully inadequate for Easter.
This new language is a profound insight into the Resurrection and its meaning for us. Christ’s triumph over the grave changes all reality. This is the center point not simply for Christians but for everything that is. God’s great redemptive act in Jesus Christ is the basis for the new creation. All that exists is re-made in the victory over sin and death.
I like the idea of using the Easter greeting at the College Church. I like even more all of us being intentional about celebrating Christ’s Resurrection. If the Risen Lord does not somehow permeate our entire being, we can hardly claim to be Christians. Our families and our St. Francis Xavier community should witness to our Easter faith at all times and in all ways. For indeed, “Christ is risen. Truly, He is risen.”