Easter carries the message of Christ to us; it sums up what Christ came to say to us. Easter is the feast of new life. In Christ’s Resurrection, we see the new life that Christ promised to His followers.
Christ had a most optimistic view of human beings. He thought that human beings could be perfect. He thought that human beings could act like God. Jesus saw that we could love, that we could forgive just as God does. Human beings can live without hatred, without resentments. We can live without violence. The power to be like this is within us.
However, a lot of other things are within us too. We are very naturally inclined to be angry and resentful. An inclination to violence runs very deep within us. You look at any movie, any play or novel, and the solution to the plot is almost always violent or a threat of violence. In our present state, we may have the power within us to be loving like God, but it is not likely that we will use it. The pull to be less than what we are is very strong. We can do it, but the odds are against it.
Jesus did not care about odds. He saw what the human race could be. He certainly knew that the whole human race would not embrace their full potential any time soon. But, Jesus also saw what each human could be. If the human race is not going to achieve perfection any time soon, that does not mean that any one individual cannot.
This is the vision Jesus had of us. The human race may wallow in self interest, but individual persons still can be all that God wants. There have been a lot of wars, but there also has been a Paul of Tarsus, an Augustine, a Francis of Assisi, a Therese of Lisieux. Christ brings new life in the Resurrection - for me, for you.
Fr. James O'Leary