An Easter Blessing for You
May the risen Lord abundantly shower His blessings on you.
May He bless you with peace, joy and health of mind and body.
May the glory of His resurrection illumine your faces and your lives.
May you be richly blessed this Eastertide and forevermore.
There has been a custom in some parts of Eastern Catholicism to tell jokes at Easter Sunday liturgy. It was to remember God's last laugh on Satan, who thought he had won his battle with God in the death of Jesus! We won't tell a joke, but the custom does point to Easter as a time of joy for all Christians.
On Easter Sunday morning, the women going to the tomb discovered with a shock that Jesus was not there. He had Risen. And soon he would be with them again in the time before his Ascension. Jesus didn't just come back to his former life; his body was transfigured and would be there to meet them and us when our time on earth has been completed.
This is the joyful message of the Resurrection, that some day we too are invited to follow Jesus in Resurrection, to be with Him forever with all who will be united with Him. It is the source of our hope, the reminder to us that in following Jesus "nothing can separate us from the love of God", now or for eternity. No wonder we say "Happy Easter", no wonder it is a time of deep joy and hope.
On behalf of Fr. Gijo, Deacon Miguel, our staff and the entire parish ministries I extend you a Very Blessed Easter!
Fr. Joyson George