This year Easter is being celebrated in very interesting and unusual circumstances. So significant that many are saying that the church and indeed the whole world will never be as they were, even from a few months ago.

This Covid19 crisis has had a profound effect on our world. For example, we have been united as a human race, almost as we have never been before. This is true for us Ukrainian Catholics as well.


We are united in our faith that Jesus Christ has Risen from the dead. The Resurrection gives us the hope that will come out of the crisis. We all believe that our scientists, specialists, and other experts will soon find a cure for the disease.

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We are also united in our uncertainty as to what will happen to our country and the world because of the illness. We fear for jobs, financial stability. We worry whether businesses or even our churches can survive if they are shut down for a long time.

We are united in a hope that God will give us the strength to come out of this in a positive manner.

We are concerned about our elderly, the sick, those who have no work.

The resurrection is not the end of the story, it is only the beginning of it. The disciples are to go to Galilee to build the church after the crisis of Holy Week.

We are united in prayer for our doctors, nurses and other care givers who already have the virus. We remember the shop keepers and their staff to carry out their duty to serve us in this time of need.

We remember the Bishops, priests, sisters, and others who have already died, some because they were self-sacrificing in their service.

Our hope is in the Risen Lord. We look to Him in this time of uncertainty, even as some look into the eyes of death itself.

Despite the virus, the church must live in Christ, risen form the dead.

It is interesting what Jesus did and said after His own resurrection when He appeared to them. His first words were I am here. Why are you disturbed. Peace be with you. He then instructs His disciples and especially Peter, who had betrayed Him three times, to go to Galilee. There He says He will meet them.

We can ask why go to Galilee? It is not a city, but a territory in Northern Israel. Galilee is the place that Jesus grew up in, most of the Apostles are from there. That is where He preached, threw out demons, performed miracles. That is where Jesus started the Church. Galilee is our foundation.

The resurrection is not the end of the story, it is only the beginning of it. The disciples are to go to Galilee to build the church after the crisis of Holy Week. While Galilee still exists today, our Galilee is now all over the world. Our faith has spread from Ukraine to Europe, to Australia, North America, South America, every place where our people are found.

In our Galilee, we must renew our commitment to serve our brothers and sisters. The virus has shown us how similar we all are. We must build a better church.

Despite the virus, the church must live in Christ, risen form the dead.

Elderly people must continue to be the foundation of our faith and community. They need to teach the young and the young would be wise to listen and learn.

Our families must be strong and the centre of our society.

Jesus is alive and exists and acts wherever He is needed.

We are now in a time of conversation. We have a chance for new thinking. Let us not hesitate to imagine a better world and church.

This is no time for a hardening of our hearts, to firm our old positions, religiously or even politically. We can create a new world in which peace rules. Where wars stop as would other divisions. We have to be ready for new possibilities. The Holy Spirit is with us. We have to listen in prayer to what the Lord is saying to us.

If we believe that He is risen, then we must also believe that He is active amongst us and especially in our church.

In our Galilee, we must renew our commitment to serve our brothers and sisters. The virus has shown us how similar we all are. We must build a better church.

We find that out by asking again who is my brother? sister?

Our newly recommitted journey could lead us to some very interesting places.

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