Dear brothers and sisters
Happy resurrection Sunday. Jesus has risen from the dead. This announcement resounds in the Church throughout the world along with the song of Hallelujah, He is alive forever in our midst. This Good News has lit up like a new flame in the Holy Night of the Vigil, in the night of a world facing crucial challenges, because of the war, and because of all the tests that hinder the life of humanity.
We must be grateful for the grace of celebrating this day as a family to celebrate his resurrection, it is a Sunday full of joy, a joy that becomes contagious, because it has to make us lose fear, it is a “contagion, which it is transmitted from heart to heart, because every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope: «My love and my hope have truly risen!», tells us the Paschal sequence that we have read today before the Gospel. It is not a magic formula that makes problems disappear. We must understand that the resurrection of Christ is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not “go over” suffering and death, but goes beyond them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil. in good, distinctive sign of God’s power “. (Pope Francis, Easter message 2020).
As a parish, in the midst of this Easter joy, I want to invite you to see this Easter celebration reflected in our commitment to faith, and in the increase of our love for the Risen One, for the Church and materialized in love for the parish. Many after the pandemic do not dare to commit themselves, in the pastoral work and in the activities that we have, the fruit of the resurrection must be the commitment of faith, a faith put into action. Jesus has risen and it is time to return home, it is time to overcome fear, it is time to begin to enjoy sacramental life; also to begin to energize pastoral activities. I think it is important to reflect on our baptismal commitment, that commitment must be reflected in active participation in parish ministries, we need more lectors, extraordinary ministers of communion, more ushers. We have to rise with the Lord and begin to energize our parish more and make our ministries flourish again.
I invite everyone to congratulate our brothers and sisters in faith, who received the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, it is a reason for joy because our spiritual family now has more members; let us also congratulate and welcome the brothers and sisters who received the sacrament of confirmation and made their profession of faith, and now have full communion with us in the Catholic faith.
Finally, I thank all the volunteers of our parish, ushers, lectors, extraordinary ministers, sacristans, altar servers and musicians, who in communion with some members of the parish staff have made a great effort so that the liturgy on these special days of Holy Week was very beautiful, organized and done with great dignity; know that behind each liturgical act there is a lot of work and organization, many have worked hard for this to be carried out with order and decorum, I want all the volunteers to know that you are very important to me and have a very important place in my heart.