Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Now more than ever do we need EASTER and the message of Christ being with us always till the end of time. Even though we can have Masses outdoor in large numbers and indoor at 50%, I realize that many of you do not feel comfortable yet to come in person. I understand totally, I hope that you will join us online with YouTube or Facebook live at 9am in Easter morning.
But the message of Easter never is more important to hear. Christ is Risen means that his resurrection is the ultimate victory over sin, hatred and death. When God became human in Jesus Christ, he was not trying to change his mind about humanity but change humanity’s mind about God. He took on the human condition not to coerce or manipulate the heart of humans but rather as witness to his true nature; that he is a God of love. We need to hear that message now and every day while we deal with the coronavirus. We need to know that God is with us whenever and wherever we are. Whether we are alone or jammed together in a house full of people. Whether we are sick or well. Whether we are still working or whether we just lost our job. God is with us now more than ever and he loves us exactly where we are now.
The ultimate message of Easter is that love wins. The bitterness, anger, jealousy, cursing, fear, sin and hatred is replaced by graciousness, kindness, gentleness, blessing, trust, forgiveness, and love. That is what Christ did. He took in all the ugliness of the world and gave back beauty and love. We are called to do the same. That is what Easter is all about. We are called to transform our world by imitating Jesus Christ. We are called to live the resurrection by acting like Jesus today in our place.
God loves us and he is right here now wherever we are in our lives. Thank you for making this community of believers an awesome place to be. Thank you for being you and I truly yearn to see you soon in person. Thank you.
On behalf of the whole parish and school staff, I wish you a blessed Easter and may Christ be present in your home and in your life today.