From the Pastor’s Desk: April 20, 2014
It is with the most indescribable joy that we gather this resurrected morning to celebrate Easter- the greatest festival of our faith that brings to fulﬁllment the essence of our belief: God’s love is stronger than sin and death! Jesus condemned to death, scourged, mocked and crowned with thorns, jeered when He died on the cross, is Risen and Alive! Today, we look with conﬁdence to heaven where the only begotten Son of God is risen! Today, the Truth we celebrate changes the entire concept of life. The victory of life over death, light over darkness, joy over sadness, hope over despair, the victory of peace and love - by which we are invited to make everything new again- makes us believe with the beloved disciple, that Jesus has been raised, and the call to become Jesus’ beloved disciples is now ours.
In the joy of the Easter celebration, with the message of the Resurrection and commissioned by Jesus to share that Truth with each other, we ought to proclaim that only in Christ, life is worth living. This is our call as disciples and messengers of the Risen Lord, to bring His message to every person, household, community and to the world – that the power of the Risen Christ through His church lifts up people from their miseries, revives hope, and brings joy and happiness to those who thought all was lost. Today, we share in the belief that the happiness and truth of the Resurrection can never be dimmed or taken away from us, but by our faithfulness and witness continue to brings its message to people everywhere.
I am extremely happy that on behalf of our parish community I can share with you an Easter gift - an inspiring pocket-sized booklet, “Walking in Joy with Pope Francis”. This inspiring gift oﬀers a 30-day reﬂection on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation- “The Joy of the Gospel”. The book invites us to prayerfully reﬂect on the meaning of living the Gospel with joy and ﬁdelity and to “go forth” to proclaim the saving love of Jesus Christ. I pray that the joy of the Gospel will take root, enrich our own lives, and impel us to go forth to share the spirit of Easter.
A word of sincere welcome to our brothers and sisters who through the RCIA process entered into full communion with the Catholic Church. I pray that you will forever appreciate the Easter Mystery in a very profound way, and together with all the faithful proclaim the truth that “He is Risen”.
This Easter afternoon, I want to invite you to watch a very powerful movie, "Jerzy Popieluszko, Messenger of the Truth”. After many months of preparation, the movie will be shown on WJCT TV (Jacksonville PBS station) on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 3:00 p.m. I encourage all of you to watch this very inspirational documentary, and to promote it among your family and friends.
This week, with Bishop Estévez and a group of 50 pilgrims, I will travel to Italy to participate in next Sunday’s Canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. I ask for your prayers for the pilgrims, as I promise to pray for each one of you seeking the intercessions of the two new members of the canon of saints.
To all of our parishioners, their families and friends, to all who came to share in the joy of the Easter celebration, I want to extend best wishes to all - that the blessings of this morning may ﬂow abundantly into your hearts to ﬁll them as the waters ﬁll the oceans. May the power of the Risen Christ continue to be part of your lives always.
A Blessed Easter to all! Alleluia!!!!!