Remember the Wonders the Lord Has Done

Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

The celebration of the Easter Vigil liturgy is a rich treasure in the Church. The rites, liturgy of the Word, and prayers are jam-packed with the theme of remembering (“anamnesis” in Greek). It is a proclamation of the many wondrous deeds that God has shown and done to all of creation. Participating actively in the celebration allows us to enter into the mystery—God is with us.  Listening to the readings, we are taken back to the very beginning of our existence—from Creation and through the history of the people that God has chosen to be His own. The Easter Vigil liturgy is a celebration of the history of salvation which continues on even until the present time. It gives a powerful message that GOD was, is, and will be with us and that He is Lord of all.

The Resurrection of Jesus is a manifestation of God’s power over sin and death. His love is much greater than evil. Thus Saint Paul rightly declared, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 NAB) This is God’s greatest work for all of us. Do we remember this wonderful work of God for us?

The Easter Vigil celebration is an invitation for us to recall God’s mighty hand in us. But this is not something of the past because this saving work of God continues even until now. Are we still aware of God’s hand in our daily life? God is ever active and present in the world today, do we recognize Him at work?

During this Easter Season may we be led into a deeper appreciation and awareness of God’s works in our lives. A daily examen of consciousness is encouraged in order for us to open our eyes of faith to the many wonders that God is doing for us. Let us always remember His marvelous deeds done in the past, be mindful of them in the present, and look forward in the future.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” 

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