WE ARE AN EASTER PEOPLE!
As we celebrate Holy Week, we are reminded of Christ’s resurrection marking a new beginning for us. It was a new covenant. Jesus took the sins of all people, of all times, upon himself, that through His death all might live, fully alive, free from the slavery of sin, protected from death. It was the start of something new for the people of God – a new understanding, a new vision, a love fulfilled.
The theme of Easter calls us to live more fully. As the rains refresh the earth and bring new life, the Easter waters of Baptism bring new life and hope to each of us. Easter is the very basis for our religion. It is the reason for our faith, hope and love. We celebrate for fifty days in our churches and we keep the knowledge and joy of Easter in our hearts each day of our lives.
The good news of Easter gives us meaning for life; indeed, it gifts us with everlasting life. It gives us purpose for our existence as people and in our living out our faith. Through our church and our daily interactions, we spread the wonderful message of Christ. We have the opportunity to bring the joy of Easter to the people around us, by retelling the stories of Jesus’ followers after the resurrection and singing Alleluia songs!
Let us rejoice in the signs of new life and thank God for His many gifts and celebrate God’s love for us! Be sure that everyone knows that this is a time of rejoicing – fifty days of it! As we celebrate the Easter Triduum in our parish, keep in mind the story and life of Jesus, and take time to pray and recommit ourselves to our mission and vision. Take time to enjoy celebrating with your family and renew and refresh yourself. The Paschal mystery is the joy of our salvation.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, But that the world might be saved through him.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, So that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
We are an Easter people! May your Easter Season be blessed with God’s grace and may He abide with you Forever!