This is my homily for the Easter Vigil for this year. It was preached at St Benedict’s parish, Burwood, which is the parish in Melbourne that the Missionaries of God’s Love are responsible for. In the homily I explain why the Easter vigil is the night of nights.  I suggest that next weekend may be the atheists’ night of nights as the Global Atheist Conference takes place in Melbourne.  The theme of their conference is ‘A celebration of reason’.  The implication of course is that believers are irrational simpletons. In response to their theme I suggest some reasons to believe that Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead, and offer some reasons why we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  Happy Easter. Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen.

The homily is in two parts below: