Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
In a collection of homilies entitled, Seek that Which is Above, published by Ignatius Press in 1986 and again in 2007, Joseph Ratzinger wrote the following:
” “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”: thus we sing in the words of the psalms of Israel, a psalm that had been waiting, in a manner of speaking, for the Risen Lord and so became the Easter hymn of Christians. We sing the Alleluia, a Hebrew word that has become a timeless expression of the joy of the redeemed.
But are we right to be glad? Or is joy not almost a kind of cynicism, a kind of mockery, in a world that is so full of suffering? Are we redeemed? Is the world redeemed?” pp. 46-47
He goes on to give examples of his questions and then he answers:
“Against this background I think we can hear the message of Easter in a new way. Christ is risen! There is justice for the world! There is complete justice for all, which is able to retroactively make good all past sufferings, and this is because God exists, and he has the power to do it. As St. Bernard of Clairvaux once put it, although God cannot suffer, he can be compassionate. And he can be compassionate because he can love. It is this power of compassion springing from the power of love, which is able to make good the past and create justice. Christ is risen: this means that there is a power that is able to create justice and that is actively creating it. That is why the message of the Resurrection is not only a hymn to God but a hymn to the power of his love and hence a hymn to man, to the earth and to matter. The whole is saved. God does not allow any part of his creation to sink silently into a past gone for ever. He has created everything so that it should exist, as the Book of Wisdom says. He has created everything so that all should be one and should belong to him, so that “God shall be all in all”.” pp. 49-50
God made everything and saw it was good. Glory and Praise to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on this glorious of days.