Blessed Easter Greetings

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Our Field Agent shared this in our Business Meeting, and we wanted to share with the parish on this Easter

A short essay has made its way around the internet over the past months. It spoke to me and I would like to
refer to it and the comparison of these last weeks.
The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with
singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples
were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come
out. They were afraid…If they left their homes their lives and
the lives of their loved ones might be at risk.

Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was
possible, that God’s love was the most powerful…Eventually,
they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger
had subsided. They went around celebrating and spreading the
good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most
powerful force on the earth.

This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first
Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope
is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all
people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out,
gathering together, singing, and shouting the good news that
God brings life even out of death, that love always has the
final say!

This year we might get the closest taste we have had yet to
what that first Easter was like.
Although the author is unknown, it’s a sobering thought to remember that the disciples were worried, scared,
hiding alone…” sheltering in place.”
Perhaps being with our loved ones for this extended period of time has opened your eyes a bit. I know it has
opened mine. What is really important in my life? What are my priorities? What are my opportunities to
serve…to love?

As we pray for a return to our normal lives let us pledge to not let the lessons of these past weeks be
forgotten when we return to the hustle and bustle of “normalcy.”

Vivat Jesus!