This is my homily for the Easter Vigil for this year. It was preached at St Benedict’s parish, Burwood, which is the parish in Melbourne that the Missionaries of God’s Love are responsible for. In the homily I explain why the Easter vigil is the night of nights. I suggest that next weekend may be the atheists’ night of nights as the Global Atheist Conference takes place in Melbourne. The theme of their conference is ‘A celebration of reason’. The implication of course is that believers are irrational simpletons. In response to their theme I suggest some reasons to believe that Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead, and offer some reasons why we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Happy Easter. Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen.
The homily is in two parts below:
Last week’s post was a reflection upon the Crucifixion of Jesus, so this week I thought I’d post this homily from last year’s Easter vigil. It comes from the Light to the Nations Pilgrimage, a biennial pilgrimage to the Redemptorist Monastery in Galong, NSW. The pilgrimage is hosted by the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community, and in 2011 approximately 900 people camped out and celebrated the Easter liturgies in a large tent. Most of the congregation are young people, and they’re pretty rowdy, but that’s because there’s a fair bit of Easter joy going on. Hope you find the homily edifying. As St Seraphim of Sarov would say, ‘My joy, Christ is Risen’. Happy Easter.
The homily is in two YouTube clips.