From the Desk of Father Mac
April 16th, 2017
Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
In the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter
we celebrate the central mystery of our Christian faith: the
Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is our
belief that through this saving event, Jesus has opened the door to
eternal life for all of us who believe and have been baptized into
Him. If that isn’t reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is!
St. Paul is adamant about the importance of Jesus' Resurrection
to the Christian faith. He tells us: "If Christ has not been
raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then
those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished"
(1 Cor. 15:17-18).
Fortunately for us, there is a great body of evidence that
Jesus' Resurrection really happened. Just to name a few examples, we
have the evidence of the empty tomb which was confirmed by the
Jewish authorities, Jesus’ opponents. Secondly the Gospels record
that women were the first to find the empty tomb. This is
significant because, due to the prejudices of the day, women were
often regarded as unreliable witnesses. Most importantly, we have
the witness of the apostles who preached the Risen Christ and
suffered persecution and martyrdom. Would they have been willing to
die for a lie? No. The case for the Resurrection is solid. And so is
the basis of our faith.
Baptized into Christ’s death and
Resurrection, we now live the heavenly life of the Risen Christ. We
can celebrate Easter in hope and in joy because Jesus, the Risen
Lord, is with us. He knows us, and with affection calls each of us
by name. Through the Easter gift of sharing his new life and
liberating love, we too can recognize and treat each other with
justice and with affection. Easter means that we can be heaven for
each other, a source of hope and joy in our Good Friday world. It is
our Easter joy and hope that helps us get through the Good Fridays
of our lives. We can thank God and proclaim together, Christ our
hope is risen, and through him we have new life. We are an Easter
people and Alleluia is our song!
On behalf of the clergy and
staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Parish, I wish you and your family
a blessed and Happy Easter!
Rev. Eben M.
For Information, please contact the
Parish Office at
email@example.com or phone 818.986.8234