From the Bishop: Easter 2015
Alleluia! He Is Risen!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –
The long season of Lent is finally ended, and with it, our preparations for the Paschal feast. Ready or not, Easter is here! Starting now, and for the coming fifty days of the Easter season, we will celebrate in both word and deed the astonishing news that Christ is risen from the dead. We have no more important belief to confess. We know no more important truth to tell. There is no more powerful story to share.
As it happens, the Reverend Larry Jaynes, long time priest of the Diocese of Nebraska, was buried from Trinity Cathedral in Omaha this week. His was a beautiful Requiem Mass, in which we paid tribute to a life well-lived and recalled as the gathered body of Christ the promises we inherit by participation with Christ in his death and resurrection. It was as always an Easter liturgy, which in this case meant peeking ahead just a few days to the season in which we now dwell. Many of us had tears in our eyes at Father Larry’s funeral, perhaps especially as we sang these cherished lines from, For all the Saints:
But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Saying goodbye to the people we love best is never an easy task. And yet there are many such moments in a given human life. Moments when we come face to face with the hard truths of our existence: our sinfulness, our imperfections, the inconstancy of human affection … the all too brief and fragile span of human life.
At it’s heart, our Easter proclamation is that by Christ’s death and resurrection, God has made a way to not only see us through such moments, but to fill them with God’s divine presence, hope and possibility. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus – not even death itself. That truth will always, always see us through.
My prayer for all of you is an Easter season made bright with the certain knowledge that Christ died and rose for you … and the deep joy that news still brings to every human being who knows the Lord Jesus.
Alleluia! He is Risen!
Faithfully Yours in Christ –
+ Bishop Barker