Christ is risen! The tradition in Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches is a greeting and response. “Christ is risen.” “He is risen indeed!” It’s a liturgical formula, like ‘the Lord be with you’/‘and with your spirit.’ But it’s also the center point of Christian faith. On Good Friday we stay awhile at the foot of the Cross, and it is right that we should do so. But even that we only do because we know the ending. If that were the end of Jesus, we would not venerate His Cross. We would not wear crosses around our necks and hang them on our walls. We wouldn’t have a religion at all! St. Paul said it bluntly and honestly: if Christ isn’t risen, then all the rest of it is junk, or, in his words, ‘we are the people most to be pitied on earth.’
But you know what? Christ is risen!
My invitation to you is to set that fact right at the center of your life. Whatever you worry about in life, whatever hurt you bear… I’m not going to stand here and tell you to just get over it. That would be to ignore Good Friday, and we don't do that. But if you put the Risen Christ at the center of your life, you’ll have hope. And you’ll have perspective. Whatever comes, God’s going to work it out. Maybe not the way you expected. Maybe not the way you asked. Maybe not on this side of death. But He will. The Resurrection means it’s never too late, and it’s never hopeless. It’s the story of a man who was saved three days after the nick of time.