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Easter Vigil Homily-Fr. Michael Kim

Tonight is a celebration of life. We began with the story of creation. God made everything, and God gave life to all living things. God saw all that he had made and it was very good.

We are made into God’s image, so we are partners in that work and stewards to take care of all that makes up this planet, especially all living things. Made in the image of our Creator, we are called to be life-giver and life preserver.

Tonight we heard the story of the Exodus. The great event in which God’s people are brought out of the half-life of slavery into full freedom and full life. We need no longer be slaves but God’s own people.

The liberation from Egypt is an event celebrated and commemorated to this day by the Jewish people at their Passover. And we can join our celebration with theirs at this time.

In fact, it is no mere coincidence that the events we celebrate this night coincide with the feast of the Passover. Through Jesus, the Lamb of God, we have been given the opportunity to pass from the slavery of sin and all the destructive elements of our life to a life of freedom.

As the crucified Jesus breaks through the bonds of death in glorious resurrection, he opens the gates of life for us. He said: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life”, and “I am the Way: I am Truth and Life.”

This evening is the special time for the newly baptized and confirmed, and for the candidates for profession of faith to become fully members of our community in Christ. It is a time of special joy for them and for us. It is also a time for us to reflect on the meaning and the effectiveness of our own Baptism in our lives right now.

Our Baptism and Confirmation and our sharing in the Eucharist are the signs of our participation in this outpouring of life and love which we celebrate this evening. The going down into the water is our dying to the ways of sin and evil. The coming out of the water is a rising to the life God wishes us to have and experience.

Our baptism and confirmation are an ongoing reality reflected in the way we live out the Gospel from day to day.

So very soon we will renew our promises, renew our allegiance to Christ and the Christian community, which is his visible presence in the world. Let this night be a time for all of us, individually and together to revitalize our Catholic life and to involve ourselves more in the life of our parish community.

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