Easter Message 2021

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Lord Jesus is our Hope and our Resurrection. Indeed, He has risen as He said! In the Easter Vigil liturgy, the Church calls (us) - her sons and daughters, scattered throughout the world, to come together to watch and pray.

The memorial of the Lord’s Pasch is listening to His Word and celebrating His Resurrection, then we shall have the sure HOPE of sharing His triumph over death and living with Him in God.

Throughout the beautiful Easter liturgy, we are reminded to place our HOPE in the person of Christ Jesus- His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Our hope and salvation rests on Him alone!

Hope is a constant and continuous theme throughout the Church’s liturgical seasons because hope in Christ is the central message of the Good News of every Christian life. At the start of Lent, Pope Francis reminded us that even amidst the looming uncertainties, the holy season is a time of hope.

This will be our second Easter which we are celebrating in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago our whole country was under lockdown and we were unable to celebrate Masses in the churches during Holy Week and Easter. One year later, we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, but there is hope. Things are looking better now. We are able to reopen our churches for the Easter triduum, the vaccines have arrived in Malaysia and the vaccination programme has already begun. These events signal a glimmer of hope that the pandemic will soon be over.

Today, most of us – you and I – await in hope to be vaccinated. We are working towards a herd immunity and for a to return to some level of normalcy soon. Some have endured a period of darkness and desolation, but there is hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with this vaccination.

This hope is necessary yet it pales in comparison to the hope Christ’s Resurrection offers to us His faithful Bride - the Church. This hope that Christ offers us is not free of trials, sufferings and the cross. Thus we can truly live joyful lives being Easter people, not just through the Easter Octave and 50 days of Eastertide but through all the days of our lives. We will radiate that same joy to others.

Our Lord Jesus’ Easter triumph was not won without the Cross: He didn’t run from His Passion and Death. He embraced it and that made all the difference. That is why he is our Lord and Master.

St John Paul II reminds us that “the victory over sin and death achieved by Christ in His Cross and Resurrection, does not abolish temporal suffering from human life”. The joy of His resurrection gave hope to his apostles and to all of us Christians throughout the world through the ages. The multitude of saints in heaven followed our Lord too and we in many countries continue to do so today as we embrace the various forms of suffering and Crosses with joyful hope for eternal life with Him in heaven.

Throughout the beautiful Easter liturgy, we are reminded to place our HOPE in the person of Christ Jesus- His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Our hope and salvation rests on Him alone!

My dear friends, despite all that we may have experienced during this pandemic, let the Easter experience of the Risen Christ bring Hope to all of us. We are an Easter people and let the Alleluias continue to be our song.

I wish all of you a Blessed and Holy Easter. May our experience of the Risen Christ be our source of Hope, and that we in turn, will rise to the call to be missionaries of hope to those around us.

Most Reverend Julian Leow Beng Kim, D.D.
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur

 

3 April 2021 


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