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The Lord is Risen!

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Dear Parishioners,

The Lord is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This was how early Christians greeted each other. If we shared this same greeting with our brothers and sisters on the street that might be a wonderful way to evangelize.

Right now, we are going through a Good Friday experience. It is hard to think about Easter Sunday. We are probably all tired of being at home and looking at four walls. We are finding out our diversions can be quite shallow. We can only look at screens so long and then we must look at our situation. We probably worry about the past and the things we have done that we are not proud of. We look at the future wondering about whether we will have a job when this pandemic is over. We fret about our loved ones and what life will be like for them in days to come. We wonder about our health as well. The list of our fears is long.

Someone once pointed out that there is loneliness and there is being alone. If we just feel like we are spending time alone, we are usually all right. We know that there are people who love us and who we will see soon. If we feel lonely, we usually wonder if anyone cares for us. We might feel unloved and unappreciated.

Our faith reminds us that we are never alone. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, I think his mood vacillated between feeling loneliness and being alone. He felt abandoned, but at the same time he knew the Father loved him and would ultimately take care of him.

Jesus understands what we are all feeling right now. He asks us to remember Easter and to look beyond Good Friday to the new life of Easter. A new day will dawn, the stone will be rolled back, and we will find our way out of the tomb.

Happy Easter, The Lord is Risen,
Fr. Mark DeSutter
Pastor

P.S. I am writing a short homily each day that the church is closed because of the coronavirus.  Just click on the Pastor’s Corner tab on the homepage of our website and the homilies are listed there for each day.