Bishop's Easter Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

 

The Sacred Triduum, the three day liturgy that starts with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper of Holy Thursday, continues with the celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and concludes with the Easter Vigil Liturgy of Holy Saturday, invites us to journey with our Lord through his passion and death to his resurrection.  It reminds us that He knows of suffering and death from firsthand experience and that, for us as for Him, they are not the end but just part of the journey that leads to eternal life.

 

The other day I sent a message to a Priest friend of mine who is starting his fourth cycle of chemotherapy.  The closing words of my message to him were: “May God continue to bless you with the grace and strength you need in your carrying of the ‘cross of cancer’.  May your faith always be a safe and calm harbour for you amidst the ‘high winds’ and unpredictable ‘weather’ of life.”

 

It seems to me that Easter is the Christian’s celebration of the safe and calm harbour of our belief in a God who has suffered for us and has promised to always be with us, especially in the midst of life’s storms and bad weather.

 

Praying that each of you may be blessed with the peace that comes from journeying with God day by day through all the joys and sorrows of life, I remain,

 

Yours in the Risen Christ,

 

+Peter Hundt

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador