Archdiocesan Family Commission
Vol. 7, No. 1, April 2008
Easter and The Family
What does our celebration of Easter signify? It comes to us each year as a FEAST OF HOPE. Good Friday represents the ultimate to which human malice can go to the point of brutally killing an innocent man. Easter teaches us that the last word is not human malice, but the triumph of God's love seen in the Resurrection.
Easter thus shows us that truth can be distorted, but never destroyed. Love can be entombed, but never extinguished. It will rise again! That is why Easter is a celebration a celebration of the triumph of truth, goodness and love.
Each day, in the family we witness the Resurrection taking place anew:
Each time a family is open to new life being born, we witness resurrection
Each time we, as family members, experience forgiveness or reach out in forgiveness, we witness resurrection
Each time the spouses refuse to give up and take up anew the effort to heal a 'broken relationship', we witness resurrection
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When we look at the family front, there are certainly many reasons for feeling defeated and for being pessimistic. So many powerful forces so much like the Caesars and Pilates of old ranged against the family. Against this background, our faith assures us that the 'third day' is at hand.
Each time prejudices are wiped away and a family reaches out to another, we witness the resurrection
Wishing you all a HAPPY EASTER and a pleasant Summer vacations!
Bishop Agnelo Gracias
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