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The Feast of Resurrection is the greatest of all Feasts for the Christians all over the world and it reminds us of the  redemptive work of God to free us from the enslavement of death and sin. The Holy Immortal descended into the tomb out of His own will and broke the shackles of sin and death and emerged victorious. This is a time to rejoice and this is the day the Lord has made for us to The Resurrection of Christ is the Resurrection of all of us and we become a new being. The old man filled with evil and all worldly things is put to death (Col 3:5) and a new man clothed with the spirit of Divinity and Holiness of God is born (Eph 4:24). When we are born anew the worldly things do not attract us anymore as the garment of darkness and lust is removed forever. Our journey through the Great Lent enabled us to participate spiritually in the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and we have become the Temple of God. It is our duty to preserve the sanctity of His dwelling place and not to defile it by our deeds. I would like to highlight the fact that quite often an individual falls into the trap of evil due to the lack of one’s discerning capability which is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The ability to judge between what is good and bad is very much a pre requisite to preserve the sanctity of the Temple. This Easter season when we rejoice the Resurrection of our Saviour let us vow to ourselves that we do not get carried away by the worldly things and become defiled rather we use the discerning faculty and stay chaste all through our lives.We are living in a world that is gradually becoming unsafe with hatred, war, unrest, corruption spreading rapidly. The lust and greed for wealth and authority is increasing amongst individuals and humane values are decreasing in individuals. The greatest message of Easter is Peace, as Christ promised His disciples “  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (St. Jn 14:27). Jesus Christ through His Resurrection granted peace to the heavenly hosts and also bestowed it on the earthly beings.  It is the peace that transcends uncertainties, disputes and all evil. It is the peace that fosters love and harmony amongst brethren. The Resurrection of Christ must illumine our lives more radiantly than the bright light of the rays of the sun, and kindle our hearts with the real Christian hope and spirit. There is absolutely nothing in this temporal world which can compensate for the joy one gets through the resurrection of Jesus.This Easter Season let us hold onto the new life that we have acquired through the Resurrection of Christ and spread the divine peace given by our Saviour.
 
Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; today I am made alive with Him.Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him. Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us ... ourselves, the possession most precious to God and most proper        -- St. Gregory The Theologian 
 
 
Wishing you all a blessed Easter
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