EASTER MESSAGE 2020 AMIDST COVID-19
This Easter 2020 is being celebrated in our own homes amidst the physical and mental difficulties of COVID-19; collective trauma, grief, loss of loved ones, tensions over job losses and vigilance for safety amongst others. Despite all this, as Christians we carry the hope of Easter.
We have a hope:
by his cross we have been healed and embraced
so that nothing
and no one can separate us from
his redeeming love.
As we are surprised in the hidden Lord
In a new solidarity between neighbours;
In a nation that overcomes the law of the survival of the fittest
with the restraint of the young to protect the elderly and the vulnerable;
In the spreading of a good humour that overcomes hate speech
with a caring smile that raises the spirit;
through the banishing of the arrogant “anything goes” mentality
with the transparent, compassionate and professional leadership of women;
in the exposure of the evil consequences of the “grab what you can while you can”
through the gratitude for the men and women who are giving their life for us;
in the rediscovery that men and women do not live by “the virtual alone”,
but we need the real, physical gestures of love
the authentic fruit of the earth grown locally,
the faces of friends, teachers, colleagues,
the closeness of silent hand,
the marks of concrete love in the pierced hands of the risen Lord.
“Let us allow hope to be rekindled.” (Pope Francis)
The Lord is Risen.