Happy and Holy Easter to everybody. We all thank Our Lord for the beautiful Easter Liturgies and especially all the generous people from our two parish secretaries, Collette and Lisa, to our generous Parish Council members and the wonderful sacristans, altar servers, musicians, all the readers and all who helped in the preparations.
Joy is the gift of Easter. It is a spiritual gift that we receive from the Holy Spirit. Even in the midst of sorrow, joy cannot be extinguished. The joy of St Thomas seeing and touching Our Lord, made him exclaim as we do at every mass, My Lord and My God.
The fact is Jesus appears to us at every Mass. He touches us and becomes one with us in the Word and the Bread and Wine, His body and blood. Jesus truly exists. He is one of us. His blood destroys our fears. He understands our doubts and He sees and knows all our difficulties. We are not alone. His mercy and compassion can pass through any barrier. His peace offers us real hope.
We are challenged to overcome our fears. As Jesus says “Do not be afraid.” Whatever we are going through, Jesus understands. He wants us to realise that nothing can happen to us that He does not know about beforehand. Grace follows suffering. Joy is the gift of God’s presence, always with us. Let us take the courage to give a helping hand to those who are afraid and realise it is the same Jesus we touch in our brothers and sisters. His gift to us it his joy and peace.
God love you