Pastor's Desk: Easter Sunday
Dear Friends, we have solemnly walked with Jesus during the sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and now we come to the glorious celebration of Easter Sunday. Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Our faith in Jesus Christ is based on the events of that first Easter morning when the women made their way to the tomb. We have to remind ourselves that the women did not get up early that morning in order to find Jesus risen, as though it was all some pre-arranged plan, but they were making their way there because they didn’t have time to bury Him properly. Remember that the Gospels tell us that darkness fell over the whole land as Jesus died on the cross; it was a Friday and from sunset no work could be done as the Jewish Sabbath had begun. They waited till the Sabbath was over, sunrise Sunday morning, to finish the traditional burial rites. To their dismay and horror, Jesus’ body was not there. Jesus in His resurrected state was not recognisable immediately but when He spoke they knew it was him. The first witnesses to the resurrection were women.
When they told the apostles they didn’t believe them, and Peter and John ran to the tomb to find out for themselves. These same men, who were terrified of experiencing a similar fate to Jesus, now waited for the Master to return among them. And when Jesus did, His first words were; “Peace be with you”. There were no recriminations, no lashing out by Jesus for their lack of faith or even support in His suffering. He gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit and they changed into fearless men ready to preach the Gospel of the Risen Christ.
Each Easter we celebrate the Resurrection and remind ourselves that we too have received the gift of the Holy Spirit in our Baptism and Confirmation. We too are called to fearlessly tell others about our faith in the Risen Jesus.
Can I also take this opportunity to thank on behalf of the entire parish, those numerous volunteers who have contributed to our ceremonies this week by their time and effort. We think of the Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Liturgical Art Goup, Church cleaners, Flower Society, Family Mass Group, sacristans, Music Group, stewards/collectors, those who set up and prepared the Passover Meal and those who assisted in various ways at the Easter Vigil to name but a few. They were a credit to one and all. Many Thanks.
A very Happy Easter to you all from myself and the Parish Team,