This weekend we gather together as a parish family to celebrate the most important event in human history: the resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
What is interesting about this event is that it is recorded in history, verified by eyewitnesses, confirmed by revelation and testified to by God Himself. It is a fact. This is what we celebrate.
Prior to Jesus’ resurrection, death was final, it was the last word, and there was no hope. That all changed on that first Easter morning. This is what we celebrate.
We celebrate that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and that death no longer has the last and final words on our lives. It is our Saviour who conquered death, having come back from the dead, and to never die again. This is what we celebrate.
Jesus has also made a promise to us. That what happened to him will also happen to us. Like Jesus, we will rise to a new life, a journey from life here on earth to life in heaven. This is what we celebrate.
We are here to help one another as a community of believers here at St. Julia. We are on this journey together, united in prayer, serving and supporting one another, and helping one another as sisters and brothers to get to our ultimate home of heaven. This is what we celebrate.
This is the promise God has made to us, made anew each Easter. This is where we place our hope. This is where we place our trust. This is our source of joy. Christ is truly risen from the dead. This is what we celebrate.
I warmly welcome you and your family, friends and neighbours too, to join me for our Easter celebrations this weekend here at St. Julia. Whether in person or virtually, just being able to gather is a reason to celebrate in itself.
On behalf of your parish family of St. Julia, I wish each one of you and those that you love a most blessed and grace-filled Easter.
Christ has truly risen from the dead. Alleluia!
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