Alleluia! Christ is Victorious!
“This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 117:24). Today, Easter Sunday, is the greatest Feast of the Church’s year and how sad it is we cannot celebrate it together in our church and that we priests cannot wish you a Happy Easter in person, but we will all be together again soon. When JESUS was crucified and died on the cross it seemed as if all were lost – God had died. But then on the third day He rose victoriously from the dead. He triumphed over sin, over death, over Satan and over the sufferings of this world. And because we are part of His Body, we have also triumphed if we are faithful to Him. As JESUS rose from the dead, so will we. “I believe in the resurrection of the body” we say in the Creed. Even in the Old Testament when Job was suffering terribly with leprosy and everyone had deserted him including his own family, he found comfort in this great truth. “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day I shall rise out of the earth. And I shall be clothed again with my skin, and in my flesh I will see my God” (Job 19:25-27).
So we rejoice in Christ’s victory, and even amidst the crisis we are presently living through, we can now sing Alleluia. This crisis of the pandemic will end, we don’t know when, but it will end. Many are undergoing great hardship at the moment whether due to illness, poverty, homelessness, loss of work or simply being confined to where they live. Let us keep them in our prayers, and also our Prime Minister that he make a speedy recovery. Many are being heroic and risking their own health and even their lives by keeping public services going and nursing the sick. They deserve our admiration, our thanks and our prayers too. And thank you to all of you who are doing so much in the parish helping people get through this crisis.
But whatever lies ahead let us keep faith, keep our eyes fixed on Our Lord and not start to sink under the waves as St Peter did. The bright day of resurrection will come. So may I with Fr Simon and Fr David wish you all a very happy and holy Easter. Bishop Patrick also telephoned and sends his best wishes and assurance of prayers to the whole parish. May the joy of the Resurrection renew the whole world and may God bless you all.
Fr Paul Gillham, IC