Canossaville Heartbeat – Vol 29

Easter Message 2024 from Sr Geraldine Tan, Provincial Leader of Singapore-Myanmar

he saw and believed” – John 20:8

It is with great joy that I greet each one of you and your family members a very Blessed and Joyous Easter filled with the abundance of God’s blessings.

As I ponder in prayer, reflecting on the significance of Easter, and in the Resurrection of Jesus, I wonder what it would have been like in the experience of St. Magdalene of Canossa?

I believe, the Resurrection of Jesus, would likely be a profoundly significant experience for her, one of deep spiritual contemplation, renewal of faith, rejoicing in the victory of life over death, joyous communal worship and celebration, renewed dedication and commitment to her Christian faith and the mission of serving others, and her boundless energy in reaching out in compassion, mercy and love especially to the poor and the marginalized.  Magdalene’s contemplative experiences of Jesus Crucified and Risen allowed her to be transformed and empowered her to ‘put on the mind and heart of Jesus Christ’ in her personal life and ministries. Transformation is the fruit of the Resurrection.  New Life!  New Life!

Easter designates the transformation of the Jesus who rises from the dead in Jerusalem to the Jesus who rises, if we allow it, in us.  Every time Jesus rises in our own hearts, in new ways, the Resurrection happens again. The Resurrection of Jesus is about coming to grips with the transformed and transforming presence of Christ then.

The real proof of the Resurrection lies not in the transformation of Jesus alone but in the transformation awaiting our acceptance.  “Christ is risen; we are risen”, we sing at Easter.

Do we believe?  Until we find ourselves with new hearts, more penetrating insight, fewer compulsions, less need for the transient, greater awareness of the spiritual impulse of life, becoming more and more women (men) of the Word, loving without measure, Resurrection has not really happened for us.

Resurrection is about transfiguration.

Let us reflect and ask ourselves:

How do I experience the Risen Jesus in my prayers, in my community, in my family and in my ministries this Easter 2024?

We ask Mary, our Mother and Model of Faith, to accompany us in this journey, in making Easter not only a historical event but a life-changing commitment, to embrace both the darkness and the light of life, to let go of our expectations that things should be the way we want them, to help us keep an open heart, to surrender to the call of the empty tomb and be Jesus Risen in the world.

So dear friends, let us move together forward, in the spirit of synodal  communion and  conversion – in  open conversation,  dialogue and prayers  for the transformation of our heart,  in preparation for the Jubilee Year as “Pilgrims of Hope” when the Door of Hope will open in 2025 and  lead us to  the path of  peace in our world, in our societies,  in our communities, in our families and in our personal lives too.

Together with my Councilors, Sisters Cecily and Jessica, we pray God’s choicest and bountiful blessings be upon you and your family members today and always.

Happy Easter Overflowing in Alleluia!

Sr. Geraldine Tan, FDCC