An Easter Message from the Bishop

An Easter Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ:

At last Lent has ended. The events of Holy Week will reach their climax, and, “Alleluia” will return to the Church. Of course, it did not go far. We are an Easter people, and the joy and promise of this Season have a deep, abiding resonance for us. We can’t stifle shouts of praise for long, as the reality of Christ’s Resurrection is just too powerful. That reality also challenges us to do the work of making Easter known everywhere, appropriating and actualizing the power of the Resurrection in all of life. We must always hold in view how it is we get to Easter: it is only through Christ’s victory over sin and death that the resurrected life has become possible. His victory is our victory, and we have been set free from the very same powers that he has overcome, free to live victoriously and abundantly in Him. All of this begs the question: what then will we do to end the grip that sin and death have on the communities where we live, to loosen their hold on the lives of our neighbors, and their command of the rulers of this world? Easter is a time for rejoicing, and nothing will contain that for long. It is also a time for us to be actively engaged in the work of Christ’s mission, the on-going Easter He has won for us, confident in His victory, and in ours.

May you be filled with great joy in Christ this holy Season, and empowered to do the work He has given us to do.

Yours in the Risen Lord,

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