His Lordship Aloysius Paul D’Souza – Patron of CASK
Happy Easter to all the Members of CASK.
Let us rejoice not just today, but for the rest of ourlives. Jesus Christ who died has risen and he is alive forever. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 said “We too, who have journeyesd through the desert of Lent and the sorrowdul days of the Passion, raise the cry of victory at Easter. HE has Risen! HE has truly Risen!!
Easter is the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is the central doctrine of Christianity. According to St Paul, the entire Christian Faith hinges upon the centrality of the Resurrection of Jesus and hope for a Life after death. He says “If Christ has not raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hopes in Christ, we are of all the people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died” (1Cor 15:17-20)
Easter brings us the good news that we should be living as people of joy, praise and thanksgiving. We are Christians – that means we have risen with Christ! and we share in his anointing through our Baptism. Yes, we are going to suffer sometimes. Yes, we are all going to die some day. But at Easter, we know that death is not the end. We know that by the mercy of God, we are going to live forever in heaven with Him. Knowing this should make us smile even when we have pain and disappointment in our lives.
The empty tomb that the Apostles saw is the fact of the Resurrection. They believed because they saw his empty tomb. We did not see his empty tomb. We believe their words because we know that his Resurrection totally changed the way they lived. We know from history that everyone of his twelve apotles suffered to the extreme to bear witness to Jesus and his Resurrection. All but one of them was killed for their faith. Yet, they rejoiced to be counted worthy to suffer for Jesus. On Easter Sunday, we have to remember to pray for all those who are still sufferring and dying for this faith in our world today.
Let us therefore live our lives with Joy and be more grateful, every single day, for God’s tender mercies in our lives. Let us get up every morning and try to be less selfish, to serve our brothers and sisters with love and to proclaim to the whole world that Jesus Christ is alive. Let us always live with the joy of his resurrection. May the Risen Lord bless you all.
Most Rev Aloysius Paul D’Souza,
Bishop of Mangalore.