Christ is Risen! Truly, He has risen! Alleluia!
Lent is over. Easter Triduum is over. With these we have completed the important celebrations in the life of the Church and we have moved into Easter season now. We have faithfully journeyed with the Lord during these times and our faith has been enlightened, enriched and strengthen. Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and He has conquered the grave of our division and separation, and the root of all sin and violence in our community. The Lent season and Easter Triduum have brought us to spiritual heights as St Anselm says, “the diamond from the muck.”
The Easter season commenced on Easter Sunday and we continue to commemorate the Resurrected Jesus for the next 50 days till Pentecost. It is an opportunity for us to polish the diamond which has been picked up from the muck – dirt of sin so that the living spirit of Easter – “Joy, Renewed Commitments and Living Without fear” concretely define who we are as Catholics.
With faith in the Risen Lord, we are able to cling on to a continuing sense of joy even when faced with sadness and tears in our lives. Joy is a gladness felt deep within us, which cannot be taken away from us, even in the midst of sorrow, pain, failures and tears. With our renewed baptismal promises and commitments, we have reached a sense of newness with positive attitudes and renewed relationships by appreciating and complementing one another.
When the Risen Lord appeared to the women at the tomb and later to His apostles, His first words was “Peace be with you” (Jn 20:21) and “Do not be afraid,” (Mt 28:5,10). These words resonate from the bottom of our hearts, helping us to cope with the fear from the loss of employment, an illness, and breakdown in relationships. Trust in the Risen Lord can overcome our fears and enables us to live in the spirit of Easter.
I would like to say a big thank you personally to the many individuals and ministries who have helped and assisted our community towards spiritual preparations during the Easter Triduum. Now that we have finished, many of you have asked, what’s next? How do I maintain the spiritual momentum, which I developed during Lent and Easter Triduum?
What’s next? Next will be our very own Patron Saint’s feast day celebrations, which will commence from 22 April till 2 May 2016. I invite you once again to commit yourselves in taking part in the upcoming feast day celebrations. In three weeks time we will begin our novena and I encourage all of you to pray at least a decade of the rosary each day, maybe in your car or while you exercise so that our feast day celebrations will be a meaningful one for our families and BECs
God bless you during this Easter season!
Fr. George Packiasamy