A Special Easter Message from the Bishop

A Special Easter Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

A few months ago, we were gathered to celebrate Christmas. In that Season, the prayer of the Church was one of profound thanks that God, who wonderfully created the dignity of human nature in the beginning, has even more wonderfully restored that dignity in the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. We were not celebrating some theological abstraction, a mere change of metaphysical status. We were rejoicing in the reality of our renewed capacity to participate in the divine life, to have true life, and have it more abundantly. We were celebrating our experience of that life as something immediate and real.

In the Epiphany weeks that followed, we have rejoiced further to see Christ's true nature, and our own, gloriously revealed. With that revelation, we have recognized that our life's true work is our partnership with Jesus to carry out God's mission. Lately, in Lent, the Church has focused us on our need to deal with anything and everything that gets in the way of our living fully into the reality of our true self, our true work. This has helped us to understand that we need God's help, and that of one another, to make progress on this path.

Now, we come again to Holy Week and Easter, and to the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. Once again, we see that Christ has won a victory over sin and death, which makes it truly possible for us to live victorious lives also. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to God, and we have been given the work of continuing to make that reconciliation known, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ is risen; we are risen; and the world is being transformed by him through us. Easter tells us that the most powerful force in the universe is the love of God, and that the most real and important thing about each of us is that God loves us-completely, constantly, unconditionally. In that power, Christ is risen, we are risen, and the world is being made new.

God help us to embrace and live that good news more fully this Easter. God bless you this holy Season.

Yours in Easter Joy,




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