• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 19:19

We are an Easter people - even in lockdown


Fr Asaeli Raass profile pic 150Dear Friends,

Happy Easter to you! We are still mid-way through the Easter season and there’s no doubt that we really needed Easter this year.

With lay people observing the sacred liturgies from their lounge rooms, instead of in churches, and longing to once again partake in the Eucharist, while priests celebrated private Masses streamed online, we were ready to be reminded again of the tomb-busting power of the resurrection in our lives and in the whole world.

Locked down in our homes, Lent seemed long and even more challenging than usual this year. I saw one post on social media that summed it up: ‘Is it just me, or is this the Lentiest Lent we ever Lented?’ That’s how it felt alright.

Many of us were thinking that Easter just wouldn’t be the same this year.

And you know what, it wasn’t. It was different. But what many of us found was that the resurrection had an even bigger impact on us than usual.

We were reminded that our God, in the person of Jesus Christ, breaks through the bonds of this world. When we put our faith in Jesus we are putting our faith in the hope that our present situation is not the last word. Not the last word for the lonely who have been deprived of their social outlets, not the last word for the elderly who are living in fear of catching the virus, not the last word for the kids who just want to go back to school with their friends, not the last word for those who’ve lost their job or their business, not even the last word for those who have died and their grieving families.

As I write this we are starting to see small signs from our government leaders that soon we can start to resume some of our social activities again. People speak of returning to ‘normal’. But let’s make sure that the new normal takes on board some of what we’ve learnt during our enforced hibernation. The beauty of spending time with our family, the value of daily exercise, caring for our neighbours and those in need, a reignited fire in our belly of longing for the sacramental life and community life, a desire to create a life that is less busy and more meaningful.

Easter hope is the lifeblood of the Christian. It is what we are all about. So in this time of slow re-emergence, let’s be carriers of hope. Having lived the ‘Lentiest Lent we ever Lented’, let’s start sharing our Resurrection hope with others like we never have before. This is mission. And it is what we are called to, by virtue of our baptism.

We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

Yours in the Word,

Fr Asaeli Rass SVD