Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
The resurrection itself was never in doubt—God cannot die. But the surprise and gift of Easter is that the resurrection is for us, too! Jesus has been raised in our flesh and blood. It is our death that has been defeated. This is truly the ‘Day of the Lord.’ But it is our day, too, for Jesus shares with us the fruits of His victory.
As we walk through life, we become increasingly aware of our mortality and the inevitable journey towards death. Death constitutes a huge challenge to our faith, for we see beyond death only as through a darkened glass. Good Friday, day of darkness and death, comes to everyone. So does Holy Saturday, that day of emptiness and sorrow. On such days it’s difficult to believe, to trust, to remain faithful.
But Easter Sunday comes as surely as the dawn. As a resurrection people, we breathe the pure air of everlasting life. Death has been overcome. In His love for us, God draws us outwards into the unknown, the beyond, the infinite, the eternal. We go forward more confidently and hopefully because Jesus our Brother has gone ahead of us.
While we may stumble and fall on our personal journeys, let us never lose hope in the God who saves us. Let us be Church for one another, adults and youth, clergy and lay, individuals who truly care for one another’s well-being. When we love, accept, and forgive one another, we allow the splendor of Christ’s resurrection to scatter the shadows that darken the lives of our sisters and brothers. Let us all walk together in radiant hope, following the risen Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
May you and your loved ones rejoice in the hope and peace that our Risen Savior has won for all of us. A blessed Easter to you and your family!