We have shared the Lenten desert journey of fasting, prayer and alms giving, and prepared for the Resurrection of Christ and our victory over sin and death. We now celebrate the Easter season, which lasts until Pentecost Sunday. During this time, we as a parish can make the most of this special time in the liturgical year by receiving Holy Communion frequently, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, reading Scripture, and being witnesses of the Gospel to those in our lives.
Let us all share the hope that comes from the Risen Lord, today and every day.
Fr. James Wallace and the
St Juliana Parish Staff
Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ
As we walk on our life journeys in this world, we may often feel overwhelmed. Struggle and suffering can mark our lives because of health issues, job insecurity, family concerns, or the painful loss of a loved one. The world itself, in Saint Pauls words, has been groaning (Roman 822), as it struggles with wars, violence, ecological degradation, economic injustice, and natural disasters. And as we are keenly aware this past year, the Church herself has struggled mightily with the shameful legacy of abuse and its mismanagement.
It seems that the landscape of our lives is entirely shaped by struggle and suffering. And that might seem to be the sum and substance of it all, but, in faith, we know that it is not. Our celebration of the Lords Resurrection in this Easter season opens our eyes beyond this desperate landscape to a new and hopefilled horizon. There is more to the story than our struggle and suffering. In the Resurrection of Jesus, we can begin to see a new life ahead of us that God offers to us.
As we go forth in this Easter season, I am reminded of the great Psalm 118 that the Church so often prays
I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper.
The Lord is my strength and my song; and has been my savior.
There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the just. (vv. 1315)
May this Easter season renew within you and your loved ones the conviction that God is your helper and an abiding awareness of your victory in the Risen Lord Jesus.