“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
As we have entered in the Holy Week of Lent period, it reminds Christians of God's sacrifice of His son, and also God's love for His people. Though this year, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Easter will not be celebrated in the same way as is used to be in the Churches. And we, as Christians strongly believe that the true message of Easter is Hope. This is why we celebrate Easter every year and remember the Hope we have in Jesus. For me personally, it helps me to look at the present situation when the Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe.
The way the doctors carrying an immense burden to care for our people nationwide reminds me of Maundy Thursday of the Holy Week with a belief how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to show them how to be humble and serve each other.
It is just right to say that WITHOUT Good Friday, there would not have been an Easter Sunday. Without Death, there would not have been Life. Without paying the price of sin, there would not be eternal salvation. And this is the Christian message in a nutshell.
People believe Jesus came into our world to carry the message of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. So often, as Christians we put so much focus on Jesus suffering on the cross and we’ve even stated that this is the reason that Jesus came into the world — to suffer and die for our sins. Jesus did not come into the world to suffer and die; He came to bring God’s message of unconditional love and forgiveness. Easter Sunday morning tells us that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.
Amidst the deadly outbreak of Covid-19, I strongly believe that Hope is Strength.
We, as a community, need to ask our Divine Creator for guidance in coping with this terrible illness and ask for his healing of those afflicted.
Let us pray to the Almighty God to give us the wisdom and strength to overcome this crucial time. Let us also pray to Jesus Christ, healer of all, to be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process; to be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
Our prayers will be heard, as we are all his people and we, as a nation and a world will get through this, as we do with many of the world challenges we face every day. All we need to do at this point of time is to have Hope and believe in Him.
It is said that though suffering may endure for the night, joy come in the morning. Some new dawns may not arrive as early as others, but we do not lose hope that new dawns are ever before us.
My dear students, I want all of you to be optimistic at this crucial time. Let us be confident that things will come out to be all good. Continue to pray for HOPE. I would like to share a beautiful quote with you all “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust.Because we have Faith.”
I conclude my Easter message with beginning quote “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Hope does not mean focusing on all the positive aspects of life and ignoring the negative ones. Hope is actually the belief that beyond all darkness, suffering, and failure lies a beautiful light that awaits us and that makes our journey worth it.
We will certainly come out of this situation.
You just need to take all necessary precautions and don’t go out anywhere.Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe & Stay Blessed...
May the Risen Lord bless you all & bring lots of happiness in our lives. Wish you all a very Happy Easter...
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza