EASTER MESSAGE

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is risen.” – Alleluia.

Today we are commemorating a unique event, unparalleled in history. Nothing like this has ever been heard before Christ or after Christ. Lazarus was raised by Christ from the dead, but he died again. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to die no more. He has risen from the world of the dead, with unearthly splendor and glory. Today we celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness, goodness over evil.

Our Blessed Lord has conquered death; now he reigns in glory. He has redeemed us by paying his blood as the price. He became obedient unto death, death on a cross. Therefore the heavenly Father raised him from the dead and gave him a name above every other name.
The fact of the Resurrection seems to have been revealed in stages. We have first the empty tomb, then the angels and finally the Risen Jesus himself. The narratives of the Resurrection thus begin with the sorrow of the women, move to amazement and end in great joy. We can imagine the tremendous confusion that would have filled the hearts of the disciples when this event first dawned on their consciousness. The impact was dramatic and life-transforming, and their ‘readiness to lay down their lives reveals the depth of their faith. The Resurrection of Jesus was their own Resurrection, in a special way, since it filled them with life and energy. Jesus may have come out of the tomb but the apostles had to come out of their cocoons. Through the Resurrection, they received the power to finally understand the scriptures and initiate their mission. We realize that the Lord’s Resurrection is the guarantee of the resurrection of the dead.

Dear brothers and sisters, we are an Easter people. We belong to the Risen Lord. May he grant you a most blessed Easter. May the Risen Lord fill your hearts and homes with his peace and joy.

Action : 1. Do one act of kindness today and do it secretly. 2. Visit a friend or loved one whom you have not seen for a long time.

– Fr. Elias D’Mello, Parish Priest

 

Christmas Message

The Christmas prefaces remind us, in the wonder of today Jesus has brought to the eyes of faith a new and radiant vision of God’s glory. In Jesus we see our God made visible and so we are caught up in the love of God we cannot see. Today in Christ a new light has dawned upon the world. God has become one with the human race and the human race has become one again with God.

In wishing you a Merry Christmas, which we wholeheartedly do, we reflect that God has done His part. But a lot remains for us to do. This Christmas, let us mend a quarrel. Build peace. Seek out a forgotten friend. Write a love letter. Encourage youth. Keep a promise.  Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen.  Be gentle. Laugh a little. Express our gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak our love. Speak it again. Speak it still once again.

In the darkness of this night, the Christ child shines out as a wonderful light beckoning all of us to realize our full potential.  But we cannot even begin to sing “O Come all ye Faithful” until and unless we understand some applications to our lives. The Bethlehem to which we come today is no longer a hillside cave, but any place where we can create the values of that cave to bring Christ anew to others.

If we and the world are to move toward Jesus’ values, St. Paul’s letter to Titus informs us that something more remains to be done. On Christmas, although the grace of God has appeared, we must constantly remind ourselves that God’s revelation in Christ demands transformation of life. Christmas is not just a day; it’s not just a season. It transcends time. It is a way of being Christian. Our entire life must sing: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace to men who enjoy his favour”

 

A Merry Christmas and Grace-filled New Year 2017

Fr. Elias D’Mello

Parish Priest