🌟🕊 Second reading
From an Easter letter by St. Athanasius, bishop
We keep the coming feast of the Lord
through deeds, not words
The Word who became all things for us is close
to us, our Lord Jesus Christ who promises
to remain with us always.
He cries out, saying:
🕊See, I am with you all the days of this age.
He is himself the shepherd, the high priest,
the way and the door, and has become
all things at once for us.
In the same way, he has come among us
as our feast and holy day as well.
The blessed Apostle says of him who
🕊Christ has been sacrificed as our Passover.
It was Christ who shed his light on the psalmist
as he prayed:
🕊You are my joy, deliver me from those surrounding me.
True joy, genuine festival, means the casting
out of wickedness.
To achieve this one must live a life of perfect
goodness and, in the serenity of the fear
of God, practice contemplation in one’s heart.
This was the way of the saints, who in their lifetime
and at every stage of life rejoiced as at a feast.
Blessed David, for example, not once but seven
times rose at night to win God’s favor
The great Moses was full of joy
as he sang God’s praises in hymns
of victory for the defeat of Pharaoh
and the oppressors of the Hebrew people.
Others had hearts filled always with gladness
as they performed their sacred duty of worship,
like the great Samuel and the blessed Elijah.
Because of their holy lives they gained freedom,
and now keep festival in heaven.
They rejoice after their pilgrimage in shadows,
and now distinguish the reality from the promise.
When we celebrate the feast in our own day,
what path are we to take?
As we draw near to this feast, who is to be
Beloved, it must be none other than the one
whom you will address with me
as our Lord Jesus Christ.
He says: 🕊I am the way.
As blessed John tells us:
🕊it is Christ who takes away the sin of the world.
It is he who purifies our souls,
as the prophet Jeremiah says:
🕊Stand upon the ways;
look and see which is the good path,
and you will find in it the way of amendment
for your souls.