Easter Message 2020

            Our Easter celebration in the year 2020 takes on a more solemn tone.  While the Alleluias of the Easter Proclamation are temporarily muted; let us allow ourselves to proclaim them in our Hearts!  For those who follow social media, there have been recent postings proclaiming that while everything else is cancelled Easter is unquestionably not cancelled!

The Easter Holiday is not just a date on the calendar; it is the ultimate event of our salvation in Christ!  The Resurrection is much more than just rising from the dead, it is the supreme act of God's love and promise of eternal life.

We celebrate Easter on a given date each year, but the date of the celebration is not as important as how we receive the Easter message and live it out.

In this time in our history we are all preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic that has invaded our world and threatens the health of literally millions of people.  This is a time for us to be watchful and vigilant to safeguard the health of the most vulnerable among us.  On a practical level, this is what we are doing with the closure of our parishes so that the virus cannot be spread to others.  So while we cannot gather for Holy Week, nor for the celebration of Easter, there are ways for us to observe these most holy days within our homes.  Pray the Rosary together, read the Bible, meditate on the events of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection, watch the televised celebration on WWLP, EWTN or the many Masses that are being streamed over social media.  All These practices can unite us to the larger community that is engaged in prayer.  While we may not be able to assemble in our churches, we can unite our hearts and minds with our brothers and sisters throughout the area as we pray.

True greatness, as Jesus reminds us, is not found in our accumulated wealth or possessions.  True greatness is found in how we serve one another in love, compassion, caring for one another and expressing gratitude for all that we are and all that we will be.

As we gaze into the faces of our family members, let us be thankful for their presence in our lives.  Let us be grateful for the love and the gifts we are able to share with each other.  Above all, let us give thanks to God for sending His son, Jesus Christ, into this world.  It is Jesus Christ who gives us the great hope of rising again!

Look to this day and live it well for yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow is only a promise.  Today, lived well, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.  let us look to this day, therefore, and live it well.

May you all have a Blessed, Holy and Happy Easter!!

(copied from the Church Bulletin)