FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL
ALLELUJAH! He Is Risen! ALLELUJAH!
May the joy of the risen Christ reign in your hearts. We have just completed 40 days of penance, prayer and almsgiving. Although this ended up being a Lent beyond our wildest imagination, hopefully it was spiritually enriching for you and your loved ones. As we now embark on a 50-day journey with the resurrected Christ, cumulating with the Feast of Pentecost, our Easter journey will begin like a dreary, fog filled start rather than the bright sunshine breaking at dawn. For the initial period at least, we will still experience some darkness, but there seems to be light coming as well, and hopefully the fog is beginning to lift.
The Church feasts and liturgical seasons we celebrate are a reflection of our lives, which are in constant motion, the good and not so good, all mixed together. There are events that remind us of Lent; divorce, break-up’s, illnesses, deaths of loved ones and addictions. This year we have COVID-19 as well, an experience of Lent that is continuing into the Easter season, extending the darkness in the landscape of our lives. However, this is just a part of the landscape, as there continues to be joyous moments that remind us of Easter morning: marriages, births and baptisms, graduations, new careers, First Communions. So as we enter into this Easter season, reflect on this question: does the fact of my Lord’s resurrection make a difference in my life? Do I really BELIEVE in the empty tomb of Easter Morning? Will I allow this to impact my life?
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all that might pick up our bulletin or view this message on our website. It has been my practice, at Christmas and Easter, to welcome those that may be away from a regular practice of their faith, and to offer a welcome home. Yes, this year it is a bit different, as we all are facing empty churches in our communities. However, it is my prayer that when this pandemic is over, or at least on the down-swing, we will once again join with each other at weekly Mass. May the Lord use our community to reach out to all with a message of love and deep presence, and ignite a desire for Him in your heart, and may the presence of the Risen Lord lead you to a more faithful worship of our God.
May the darkness of this past Lent open our hearts and allow the risen Christ to bloom ever more brightly in our hearts. As we move back into a more regular practice of our faith lives, this is an opportunity to see if there are some things we (I) can do to make our worship more fruitful. Do I welcome strangers, or do I get upset that someone is in my pew? Allow Christ to use you as his instrument, to reach out to those who may be hurting, to those searching for Him; to be his voice, his hands. Wherever we are right now, know that Christ is knocking on our heart. Yes, he loves us, and he will not reject anyone. But because he loves us, he will not allow us to remain where we are. He is calling you to himself, always to the next level. On this Easter day, enter into the empty tomb, see the cloths lying there and seek him who is already seeking you.
May you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter season. God bless.