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Bishop Peter’s Easter Message

Christ is Risen. Indeed He is Risen.

My soul is consumed with longing for your law at all times. (Ps. 119:20)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In the 119th Psalm, we are reminded that God’s Law is a liberating force and a spiritual power that helps us in healing our broken lives. God gives us his law to help us when we are weak. God’s law is a sign of His love for us. This love was made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus teaches us the way to the Father. He calls us with him and with each other. In the Gospel of St. John we read the “So that they may be one as you and I are one” (John 17:24). Jesus also speaks of His joy because of His unity with the Father, a joy that we are called to share by being united with God and with each other.

In this confused world we must be a sign of truth, which can only happen when Christ lives in us, and we in Him.

We are created in the image and likeness of God. We are all God’s children. Despite the various journeys our lives may have taken, we ultimately have an infinite desire, to be united with God, here on earth and in eternity. Our hearts yearn for unity with God. This is what we mean when we use the term “salvation”. We are all one family, one church, one community, and our salvation is both personal and communal.

In our world there are forces which cause division. We witness both subtle and bold acts of greed, coercion, selfish hearts which harbour unspeakable thoughts which lead to horrible consequences. Wars, violence, narcotics, the war that rages in Ukraine and other places. Sometimes authorities claim that they are even acting on our behalf when they impose laws which are contrary to our beliefs. Laws which promote abortion, euthanasia are examples of the other. We may ask ourselves, how can all of this be happening? How can some have so little regard of God’s laws and human dignity?

Jesus Christ gives meaning to all things and teaches us how to live in this unfair and sinful world. It is the challenge the baptised believers to know scripture and the teaching of the church to discover the truth and then share this truth with others, individuals, members of our faith community and to the world at large.

Jesus Christ gives meaning to all things and teaches us how to live in this unfair and sinful world.

By recognising our own weaknesses and sins we ask for God’s forgiveness. Jesus also commands us to forgive those who sin against us. We must be a people of hope and to be examples of human dignity. Like Christ, who has risen from the dead, as a sign of His power, we must be bold in being a witness of compassion and mercy, in our pursuit of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

In this confused world we must be a sign of truth, which can only happen when Christ lives in us, and we in Him. Meaningfulness in Christ is what gives purpose to our lives. Christ is present in every situation in life. That is why, at Easter, we proclaim “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling death by death, and those in the graves he granted life.

The celebration of the Resurrection is a time for all of us to find peace, love, and hope for ourselves and to share it with others in the world.

Christ is Risen. Indeed He is Risen.

 + Peter.

 

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