"For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth".
(1 Corinthians 5:7b-8 NKJV)
The recurrence of Easter (Christian) should encourage at least a heartfelt memory of the work of redemption accomplished by Jesus through his death and resurrection. Jesus is the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of humanity, and for his death and resurrection, whoever believes in him can be born again (revive). Through His broken body for us we can be fed of the Word of God. His sacrifice and His resurrection have given new meaning to the Jewish Passover, remembrance of the exit from Egypt. If this were accompanied by a celebration as desired by the apostle Paul, without badness and malice, but with sincerity and truth, it would be a whole other party. Unfortunately, we continue to put at the center of remembrance everything that should be marginal instead. At the foot of the cross everyone should discover a real conversion, capable not of making the bells sound for the party, but of contributing to the festivities in heaven for every repented sinner. Unfortunately we continue to digress into culinary recipes or in the practice of now empty rituals.
"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,... Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you“" (John 20:19). The arrival of the risen Christ is accompanied by peace. While the original group of believers is frightened and intimidated, holed up, Jesus presents himself with a greeting that cuts the tension and sweeps the fear: "Peace to you". To the vision of his wounds, and therefore having recognized him, "the disciples rejoiced". The encounter with the Risen One brings peace, is based on peace, requires peace. Fear swept by peace is followed by joy. But every emotion, an end in itself, is held back, as the announced peace is a prelude to the "I send you". Something extraordinary is needed to give awareness, courage and frankness. And this is why we read "receive the Holy Spirit", whose action is concretized in the remission of sins. Peace, joy, Spirit and mercy. This is the identikit of the church of the risen Lord, called to leave the enclosed space and be a witness to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
And yet in Corinth the "old leaven" was returning. It takes very little to lose the gift of peace. Very little is needed to lose one's vocation. Here then is the daily rediscovery of the Passover of Christ. Is Christ risen in your life even today? Or despite everything, don't you even believe in resurrection? In that case, faith would no longer make any sense. Whoever has experienced faith in Christ, through His word, knows well that it will not be enough to wave olive branches. Instead it should arise from the depths of the heart, not a twig, but a huge tree, ready to cover all the wrongs, lacks and slanders. It would be enough "unleavened with sincerity and truth". Let's stop looking at the twig in another's eye and look instead at the beam that is in ours. Let us work so that the peace that God has placed in our hearts reside in our relationships. Let small incidents and difficulties help to increase our patience and peace. We find ways to encourage each other, to exhort and comfort, beyond everything. Everyone must feel loved, appreciated, esteemed, considered because the Lord of peace dwells in our hearts, the God of love, the one who has changed our way of thinking and being. Being a Christian goes beyond any form of religiosity and / or apparent mysticism. Let's keep in mind, let us thank God and live in His peace, striving to be aspiring Christians in practice, so as to live an Easter without interruption.
Weekly Bible reading plan
15 April 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22
16 April 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 13:23-35
17 April 2 Samuele 1-2; Luke 14:1-24
18 April 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35
19 April 2 Samuel 6-8; Luke 15:1-10
20 April 2 Samuel 9-11; Luke 15:11-32
21 April 2 Samuel 12-13; Luke 16