Father Ferrier offers a reflection this Second Sunday of Easter, reminding us that in a time of many voices, one voice matters most.
Peace be with you! These are the words that Jesus expressed to the Apostles on that first Easter night. He spoke them at the end of a traumatic time and a hectic week for his small band of followers. This greeting heralded the dawn of a new era.
Peace be with you are the words that Jesus expresses to us in this confusing and hectic time of our lives and like so many years ago, they also carry with them the promise of a new era.
Peace be with you are the words and the prayers that we need to offer each other. They are the words and the hope which will get us through these scary, confusing and hectic days.
I have had people ask me, “Are they really cancelling Easter?” The simple answer to that question, the honest answer to that question is No! Easter can’t be cancelled. Easter is eternal. Easter is Grace. Easter is God’s gift to humanity. As Pope Francis reminds us, “we are an Easter people, a people of the Resurrection.”
Times will change. Things will be different. But one thing remains constant and unshakable. Jesus is the Risen Lord. That is the promise and the hope that will sustain us and move is forward.
Happy and Blessed Easter!