Easter Message 2017
Jesus Christ has risen Alleluia, Alleluia!
There is a tendency to think of Easter as a conclusion. Lent points to this event as the most anticipated conclusion of the liturgical year, yet for us, it is only the beginning.
Christ's resurrection opened the door to our eternal life with Him in heaven. Nothing could be more important to all humankind. If we all stepped through that door on Easter morning, then in some sense, it would be a conclusion, but most of us remain here on earth to continue to work out our salvation. So, let's get to work!
It all begins with love. As Jesus loved us enough to become man, and then to offer Himself as a sacrificial lamb for all our sins, we too must practice this heroic love. As we are reminded in scripture, it is easy for us to love someone who loves us back. What about those who don't even know us, or perhaps those who actually don't love us, or maybe even hate us?
We were born to love as our Creator loves us, unconditionally and without regard for a return of that love. Let us put this love into practice. "Love your neighbor" does not mean just the family next door. All people who are in need are our neighbor. Let us begin this Easter with a commitment to love all those who we encounter through both corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
May the Blessings of this Easter grant you and your family peace.