Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that on this Easter Sunday one should thank the Lord for the gifts of faith and wonder.

Mgr. Scicluna said this in his homily during the celebration of Easter Sunday Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Scicluna encouraged the congregation to pray for its hearts and souls to be renewed with peace. He said that the congregation should be thankful for the gifts of faith and the ability to wonder which were given by the Lord. He said that the ability to wonder brings about the ability to be filled with astonishment and admiration.

Mgr. Scicluna spoke about the day’s Gospel Reading – the narration of the resurrection according to Luke. “The women go to the tomb carrying spices, perfumes, ointment…they went to anoint a corpse but they found an empty tomb,” said the Archbishop. He remarked that there they met two men who asked them why they were looking for Jesus among the dead when he was alive.

“They had been to the tomb expecting to find the stench of death. They find the beauty of light and the hope of the resurrection,” said Mgr. Scicluna.

The Archbishop said that the sense of faith is born during Easter. He explained that man’s senses of perception are all renewed during Easter. This is because one can see an empty tomb, hear the message of the risen Lord, smell the perfume, and speak of one’s experience. However, according to the Archbishop, the sense of faith is born on this day. He explained that the apostles could not believe what the women had told them – they thought this was all a hallucination born out of sorrow. However, he said that Peter found the tomb empty except for a shroud. The Lords disciples are then filled with astonishment.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna stated that through the day’s readings, one understands that Christ is truly risen from the dead.

On Easter morning, the Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord as a Church
that commemorates the rebirth of Man to a new life, in communion with those who
believe in the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Throughout the day, the Church relives the joyful experience of the disciples after the resurrection of Christ.

Yesterday, Archbishop Charles Scicluna told the congregation that Easter means hope not only for the Church which renewed its faith on Holy Saturday but for the world, as he welcomed the adults which were later baptised during the pontifical mass of the Easter Vigil held on Holy Saturday at St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, Easter Day bomb blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

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