From The Pastor's Desk,
Love, Peace and Joy of our Risen Lord!
My dear Parishioners,
After forty grace-filled days of Lent we celebrate Easter, the greatest and the most important event in the Christian calendar. It is the most important event because it is the corner stone of our faith, the foundation on which the Church was built and marked the beginning of Christianity. As St. Paul beautifully says, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor 15:14).
While being an historical event, verifiable and attested by signs and testimonies, the Resurrection, insofar as it is the entrance of Christ's humanity into the glory of God, transcends and surpasses history as a mystery of faith. For this reason, the risen Christ did not manifest Himself to the world but to His disciples, making them His witnesses to the people.
By celebrating Easter, we proclaim to the world out there, that we are followers of the Risen Lord. Hence, Easter should and does shape the life of every Christian. Therefore, we should not consider Easter as an event that we commemorate once a year and then choose to forget it. No, we need to remember and celebrate the meaning of Easter and let it influence our daily lives.
While it is true that just a verbal proclamation that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead is not going to usher about a change in our lives. Christ’s Resurrection is not a mystery to be analyzed intellectually. It is a mystery to be lived. It should speak directly to our hearts and touch our very existence and treat it as the fulcrum of our religious tenets and beliefs.
The Resurrection of Christ is a transcendent work of God. The three Persons act together according to what is proper to them: the Father manifests His power; the Son "takes again" the life which He freely offered (John 10:17), reuniting His soul and His body which the Spirit brings to life and glorifies.
The resurrection of Christ is also our resurrection. So, what does Easter really signify? Easter is to love when our love is rejected. Easter is to hope against all hope and failure. Easter is to forgive even when we are not forgiven. In other words, Easter does not signify there is no more suffering and death. For Jesus, whenever He spoke of resurrection and new life, He also spoke of the cross and death. Hence, suffering and death will continue to be an integral part of our lives, but that is not the end. What we must endeavor to do and consciously work towards is to experience healing in the midst of pain, hope in the midst of despair, and resurrection in the midst of death.
In conclusion, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection should bring about a total transformation in the vision, attitude and world-view of every Christian. Easter should enable all of us, followers of Christ, to see creation through the eyes of hope and divine love, just as Jesus would want us to.
The parish clergy team joins me in wishing each and every one of you dear parishioners, a very HAPPY EASTER! May the Risen Jesus bring blessings of Joy, Peace and Love into your life and that of your loved ones!
Fr. Innocent Fernandes, SVD