A Letter from Our Director
Lenten days grow short as we approach the great feast of Easter. We have been busy here at the Center, hosting groups who have come to spend time in prayer and reflection. It lifts our hearts and inspires us when we meet these wonderful people!
We soon will be celebrating the most blessed and joyful night of the liturgical year in our commemoration of the Lord’s resurrection. We don’t want to miss the grace of fully entering into this celebration. Think about it. . . Jesus rose from the dead! Death is not the end! The Easter Vigil begins with the Service of Light, symbolizing Jesus’ rising and bringing light to us all. It was an event that God’s people had waited for for thousands of years. The readings on this night tell the story: an account of the creation of man and woman and the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. This was all part of God’s plan for us, and the “highlight” was the resurrection of Jesus. Its lesson? That there is more to each of us than meets the eye, that our souls will live forever with God.
The message of Holy Week is that there will be always a mixture of the holy and unholy in our world. Easter teaches us to look for the holy in the midst of the unholy, to find joy in the midst of pain, and to experience peace in the midst of an uncertain world. We must look for the risen Christ in our everyday lives. When the Easter celebration is over, we - like the disciples - will return to “Galilee” and, with eyes of faith we will see the risen Jesus present in our ordinary lives and meet in him the faces of all those we meet, work with, and serve. Jesus is, indeed, risen!!
Happy Easter, Everyone!
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