At the Easter Vigil the Church begins the proclamation of Easter in a church building that is darkened. As we light the Paschal Candle we proclaim that Christ is our Light and when the candle is brought in procession into the church, light from the candle is spread from one believer to another, so that by the time the Paschal Candle is placed in its stand by the pulpit, where a few moment before there was only darkness, the church is aglow with light.
We come to this Easter keenly aware of the darkness that shrouds our world. It is manifested in wars, violence, terrorism and atrocities committed in the name of God.
Hunger and disease strike the poorest and the weakest. There is religious, racial, and ethnic prejudice and human life is treated as anything but sacred. As the light from the Paschal Candle overcomes the darkness that fills the church at the Easter Vigil, the Church proclaims at Easter that Christ alone is the Light that can pierce the darkness of our world, that He alone is our hope. At the Masses of Easter as we renew our Baptism commitment, we also pray that as Catholic Christians we might be renewed in our commitment to witness to all that Christ is the true light we seek.
On behalf of all of the members of our parish pastoral staff, I wish to extend to all of you our prayers that this Easter might be a time of grace marked by the joy and peace that Jesus alone can give. May the light of Christ shine in your hearts. May the proclamation “He is Risen” bring to you hope this Easter and all the days of your life.