This evening, just after sunset, we celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass. Catechumens have waited for a long time, in some cases years, for this day, for it is at this Mass that they will be baptized and welcomed into God’s Church.
Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion at the hands of the local religious powers and the civil government. It is the birthday of an entirely new faith, Christianity. This birth was announced not with a thundering call from above, but with an empty tomb.
I cannot describe things any better than the inspired word of God. Here is how Luke describes the events of Easter morning:
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” [Luke 24:1-7]
I personally like Luke’s descriptions of events the most. They simply speak to me better.