St. Paul said “Let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven…but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” We are joyous in knowledge of the truth. There are many happy moments in life, but the Paschal joy is solidly grounded on the knowledge that we are in the truth, the truth which Jesus the Christ brought to the world and which is confirmed by His resurrection. The Resurrection assures us that our faith is NOT in vain. The Resurrection assures us that we do not hope in a dead man, but on a living One, whose life is so strong that it enlivens us. He said He was the Resurrection and the Life and he that believes in Him, although they die, will live.
When we see ourselves as we truly are…sinners with many faults and deficiencies…we long to be converted into the new life offered firstly by the Cross and finally by the Resurrection. We cannot do this ourselves…for we are limited. But, with God, all things are possible. With a sincere resolve to purify our lives and be renewed completely, we can come into union with all that is holy. Believing in truth and living out its instructions will bring us joy. Not simply happiness (which is fleeting), but joy which is everlasting. Joy in truth, that is the promise for us.