We are well into the season of Lent in preparation for the Easter Celebrations. As I write this year’s Easter letter, I have learned of the mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is hard to believe that this happened in New Zealand, a country in which I’ve lived for a while and have always known it to be peaceful, warm and friendly. We keep hearing about multiple tragedies and disasters from around the world these days, caused both by humans and nature, especially from the least expected places and people. News like this affects and disturbs us deeply and our hearts go out to all those affected and we speculate. Above all this we also go through our own personal tragedies that weigh us down. In few weeks’ time we will be celebrating Easter, the greatest and the most important feast in the Church, which marks the birthday of our eternal hope. “Easter” literally means “the feast of fresh flowers” which stands as a symbol of purity, hope, and renewal.
In a world that constantly projects pain, sorrow, tragedy and tears, Easter reminds us that life is worth living. Personally, we are not supposed to lie buried in the tomb of our sins, evil habits and dangerous addictions. Socially, the devastations and horrible things that happen around us cannot grip us. Easter gives us the Good News that no tomb can hold us down anymore – not the tomb of despair, discouragement or doubt, devastations, terror nor that of death. Easter reminds us that every Good Friday in our lives will have an Easter Sunday and that Jesus will
let us share the power of His Resurrection. Each time we display our love of others, we share in the Resurrection. Each time we face a betrayal of trust, we share in the Resurrection of Jesus. Each time we fail in our attempts to ward off temptations – but keep on trying to overcome them – we share in the Resurrection. Each time we continue to hope – even when our hope seems unanswered – we share in the power of Jesus’ Resurrection. In short, the message of Easter is that nothing can destroy us – not pain, sin, rejection or death – because Christ has conquered all of these, and we too can conquer them if we put our Faith in Him.
The living presence of the Risen Lord gives us lasting peace and celestial joy in the face of the boredom, suffering, pain and tensions of our day-to-day life. “Peace be with you!” was His salutation to His disciples at all post-Resurrection appearances.
I thank you for your support of Christ the King and I appeal to your generosity for being a hopeful presence in a broken world to heal and comfort. Your gifts help support our growing number of ministries and allow us to offer scholarships to those who may not be able to afford a retreat. As you celebrate this Easter, please prayerfully consider making a generous gift to Christ the King.
Have a Blessed Easter! Peace be with you!
With much gratitude,
Fr. Giltus Mathias, CP