Easter Homily 2019 - God Makes Good on His Promise
By Msgr. John Cihak
Today we celebrate the greatest and most important event in all of history - the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. St. Francis Borgia illustrates for us, along with the apostles, the example of allowing the reality of the Resurrection to forever change us. After the death of Queen Isabella of Portugal, whom he was deeply devoted to, he swore to never again serve a mortal master. He resigned as Duke, gave his money away, joined the newly founded Jesuit order, and became a great saint. After Jesus died, the lives of the apostles were obliterated. The one in whom they had placed their hopes and all their faith, the very purpose and meaning of their life was dead. But then, because of the resurrection, new life with hope and peace and joy, because sin and death had been destroyed and conquered by God in the flesh. Everything was forever changed. No amount of disdain, threats, persecutions, torture, or even death could dissuade the apostles because the Resurrection means unmistakably and unforgettably that God is in charge and that He makes good on all His promises. And it all starts with the fact of the empty tomb.