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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A very Happy Easter to each and every one of you!

What a joy it is for every true Christian to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not just the end of our period of penance and sacrifice, but the beginning of a new life in Christ the Risen Lord. In the Easter season, we wish others with the common greeting “The Joy of the Risen Lord be with you”. What is the joy of the Risen Lord? It is the fruit of the redemptive acts of God the Father realized in Jesus Christ through His incarnation, sufferings, death on the cross and resurrection. Hence Christ’s Resurrection is the culmination of God’s saving love and is the foundation of Christian faith. As St. Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor 15:24).

Through the Pascal mystery all of us are given not only a new meaning in life, but even death itself has acquired a new significance. The Troparion of the Holy Cross at Easter sings, "He trampled down death by death." We do not say that He trampled down death by the Resurrection, but by death. Consequently for us Christians, because of Easter, death is no longer just the end but it is the beginning of eternal life. Death means entering into the Easter of the Lord. Moreover, death has no more power over any true follower of Jesus. If we live as children of the resurrection, we should all be very daring in the face of death and very defiant of death, because it has no more power over us.

Today Jesus Christ is risen! He will bring us to that same joy one day. We often use the term "grace." But what is grace? 'Charisma’ in Greek means not only grace but also joy. "And I will give you the joy that no one will take away from you..." so says the Risen Lord.

May the Risen Lord continue to bless all of us and may the Easter Joy continue to fill your hearts and homes throughout this season!

With cordial blessings and prayers, Fr. Felix Loganathan, osm Pastor. Servite Fathers,
The Staff: Lay & Religious.