24th April 2011 Newsletter

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PARISH NEWS

Sunday 24th April 2011

 

‘He is Risen Alleluia’

Over 2000 years ago, outside the city of Jerusalem, something magnanimous happened.
 Jesus Christ rose from the dead. This greatest event in history changed the whole world.

Today Christians all over the world are telling the story of Jesus’ victory over death,
that death is not the end of the story.
For this reason, at every Eucharist we enact the story.

So, after 40 days of a serious and a challenging Lenten discipline,
we have finally arrived at Easter.
Today, our story is to rejoice and be glad, we can put our feet up and relax.

However, our celebration at Easter is not the end of the story,
 but the beginning of new stories of possibilities and openness,
to God’s future and purpose in our lives and especially for the life of our parish.

 

The challenge for us, ‘credentes’ or ‘the faithful’, this Eastertide,is to stay with Mary Magdalene’s story in John’s gospel.
To meditate, absorb and ponder on the resurrection text, till we hear God,or by His grace,
see our Lord in our contemplation, like Mary, confess, that ‘We have seen the Lord’,
in spite of the difficulties, uncertainties of the future, pain or anxieties, unemployment,
unjust discriminations, redundancies, cost of living,….ill health,…..

We have seen the Lord.

Christ won over the archenemy of this world, our accuser and in Christ,
we believe any stone covering tombs of hopelessness and helplessness will roll away.

He is Risen, Alleluia, Praise God.

                                                                             May we be blessed this Eastertide and forever more.

Happy Easter!!!!


Frances