From Father Peter and Father Anselm
An Easter Message from our Parish Priests
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ! We are so delighted to be celebrating this year’s Easter with family and friends able to visit and celebrate with us again. Unlike last year when we couldn’t gather as a community to celebrate the solemnity of all solemnities due to lockdown. The Good News is that darkness has no power over us for Christ is risen! Alleluia! The Prophet Isaiah said “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine” (Isaiah 9:2). This prophecy has been fulfilled in the Resurrection of Christ.
Jesus is the light of the world and His light breaks the darkness of our weakness. When he rose from the dead on that first Easter morning, the risen Christ brought the light of hope into the darkness of despair. His rising from the dead changed our mourning into dancing. As Christians who believe in the Resurrection, Easter gives us a fundamental right that can never be taken away from us: the right to hope. Hope is a weapon that protects us in the struggle for salvation and It affords us joy even under trial. If ever there was a time in our history as a people and as a community when we needed a word of encouragement, love, and hope, it is now. Without hope, there is no authentic Christianity. Easter, therefore, gives us the hope to believe that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
The most important news ever, on earth, was that Jesus had been raised from the dead and it is too big a story to be a secret. Mary Magdalen and the other disciples shared this news with joy and excitement. Therefore, let us share this Good News with the people around us. St. Augustine once said, “We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song.” As Easter people, we are challenged to bring hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, freedom to the captive. As people of light, let us lighten up the lives of people who have lost their way in life. As people of joy, let us share the joy of the risen Christ with those who are sad and lonely. If Jesus Christ conquered sin and death, he can conquer the hardship and despair of our lives and can ultimately bring us lasting hope and joy. Let us rejoice for our victory is assured through the Resurrection of Christ.
Wishing you all and your loved ones Easter blessings of good health, new hope, and great joy.
Fr Peter and Fr Anselm