O God, who gladden us year by year with the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection, graciously grant, that, by celebrating these present festivities, we may merit through them to reach the eternal joys of Heaven.
Hi everybody, Bishop Callahan here. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Yes, Christ has risen from the dead and we have reason to believe! For two thousand years, and here in our diocese the past one hundred fifty, people of Faith have been marking for us the anniversary of Christ’s brutal passion, His death, and His Glorious Resurrection from the dead so that we will remember – Jesus Christ, God the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, loves us.
His love for us was made real by his resurrection, and also through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is an expression of the Love between God the Father and God the Son. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit animates the Church, and animates us. When we reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them to guide our lives, we are allowing ourselves to be open to the Will of God.
Easter is a time for us to celebrate the great gift we have been given! Make it a point to share the Easter Joy with those around you. Easter is also a time for us to deepen our awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and to pray for the strength we need to merit the promise of eternal joy in Heaven.
Christ yesterday and today, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega
All time belongs to him and all the ages
To him be glory and power through every age and forever. Amen
Blessed Easter to you – and I’ll see you at Sunday Mass!