Great St. Augustine of Hippo wrote these words 1600 years ago and they have spoken to people through the ages down to our own time. Being an Easter people means that resurrection is part of our life experience. Easter celebrates how Jesus dies and rises in each of us – in our personal lives and in the community of the church. Easter celebrates how Jesus is present in our daily work, our relationships, the joys and sorrows of the world. We are an Easter people, in a Good Friday world.
The Christian Easter insists that God is not a God who is far off, but one who in Jesus draws very near. In Jesus, God himself comes among us. As the Church Fathers insisted, “what God has created, only God can redeem”. In his bursting from the tomb on Easter Day, God releases new energy into the world. Far from allowing his world to decay, according to a relentless law of entropy, God in Christ initiates a program of renewal. Beginning with the first disciples a new community is created that exhibits a remarkable degree of joy, hope, and love.
I am deeply thankful to all our parishioners who were involved in the preparation and conduct of worship for Holy Week and Easter. I pray especially for those who will be endeavoring to communicate the Easter message in ways that will connect with regular church goers and visitors alike. I hope there will be an expectancy that people will come to faith in Jesus through the welcome and worship we offer. We have a great story to tell and a wonderful song to sing!
I wish you a blessed and joyful Easter,
Yours in the Risen Lord