In an unassuming way, Pope Francis has shared many profound ideas such as our need to be
protectors of life, protectors of the environment and protectors of those most in need of our society
– such as our children. The Pope is calling the Church to continue to face its failings of the past and
to ensure it always protects the most vulnerable in our society. He has spoken about how protecting
each other demands never tiring of doing good and calls for a certain tenderness which is not the
virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength.
Pope Francis says that, “If we look upon others with tenderness and care, it opens up a horizon of
hope; it lets a light break through the heavy clouds.” Christian people deal in hope because Jesus
conquered our own two great enemies, sin and death, by dying on the cross for us and by rising
again. Easter is about God’s mercy and forgiveness bringing new life and hope.
Our Parish commitment reminds us of the invitation Jesus offered our Patron St James and to his
other disciples: “Follow me”. This Gospel truth is strikingly simple but sometimes hard to follow.
With the grace of God and as a diverse yet united community we can continue to step forward and
risk the journey of faith together.
Easter is the great reminder that Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the power
of the Resurrection, this Passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be
accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our every day lives. How many deserts,
even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all the desert within, when we have no love for
God and neighbor, when we fail to realise that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us
and continues to give us. God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore
life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14)
Therefore dear followers of the Risen Christ, let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us
be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to
transform our lives too; and let us become agents of his mercy, channels through which God can
water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
I wish you and your families the peace and mercy of the Risen Lord this Easter.
Go gently in the crucified and risen Lord who calls us to serve with mercy,
Fr Jude Pirotta mssp