Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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Parish Event Archive: Christmas and Easter Messages
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Each Christmas and Easter, our parish priest writes a special message to the parish reflecting on the two most important times of the Churches year. These messages are published in our seasonal newsletters which can be viewed here. They are also available on our website below. Click on the buttons below to read the messages.
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Easter Message 2014
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I have seen the Lord!

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb” (John 20:1). Mary’s heart of devotion and love for the Lord made her come to the tomb while others slept. She remembered and believed every word the Lord had spoken of His resurrection on the third day. She was confident of the promises of the Lord. And just like King David, she sought only her Lord. “One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

One can understand how fast her heart was beating when she found that the stone had been removed from the tomb. Overcome with joy, she ran to the apostles to tell them the good news. When Peter and John reached the tomb, they saw the linen wrappings used for covering the body of Jesus; but not the body. “The disciples returned to their homes” (John 20:10).

But Mary refused to go back. She stood weeping outside the tomb. She loved the Lord so much that she was determined to be there and wait for her Lord. Her wait and her love for the Lord was rewarded. Jesus appeared to her and called her, “Mary!” The resurrected Lord knows each one of us by our names! This Easter, Jesus once again reminds us that our sorrow will turn into joy. In the emptiness of our lives, wait upon the Lord, He will answer our prayers. Once Jesus revealed to St. Faustina that the angels experience a holy envy for humans for two reasons: we can receive Holy Communion and we can suffer - meaning we receive abundant graces by uniting our suffering with the sufferings of Jesus!

Mary runs and announces to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”. Mary shares her experience of the Risen Lord. That is what happens when we experience the love of Jesus in our hearts. The richness of His love cannot be hidden under a lampstand but is meant to be shown to the world!

The crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord is central to our faith. This Easter, let us not ‘return back home’ like the disciples with the memory of another Easter being spent well, but let us continue the Easter message of our Lord’s love to others.

May the Risen Lord grant us the zeal to serve Him and abundant joy to spread His message of love to those who need the touch of Jesus in their lives. Alleluia!

Fr. Soji Olikkal
Priest in Charge
Easter 2014

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