“The Lord is risen! The Lord is truly risen!” May the Easter proclamation be a source of immense joy for each of you and all of you!
Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of the best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning, once said, “What would give light, must endure burning!” Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, willingly endured the humiliation and suffering of the Cross. He calls his followers “light for the world” and sends us to the ends of the earth to “proclaim the Gospel”. We know that when we follow in His way, we are lead directly to the Cross. To love as Christ loved means generously giving oneself totally for the good of others – the common good. Easy to say, never easy to do!
But, for us, it does not end at the Cross, for we believe that when we take up the Cross as did Jesus, we attain life in its fullness – we come to “the light of God’s face”, as we pray in the new translation of the Roman Missal. The joy of our Easter celebration is just that: we are co-heirs with Christ to the fullness of life with God – we rise with Him!
On His final journey to the Cross, Jesus received caring support from Simon of Cyrene, Veronica, and Joseph of Arimathea. I encourage you to be a sign of Easter blessing by reaching out to care for those who struggle with life concerns – whatever they might be! Whenever we do so, we share with others the light and the love of the living God! Alleluia!
Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,
(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton