Dear brothers and sisters, Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us celebrate, for Jesus is alive! In many of our churches, we put away our “Alleluia” for Lent, and save
Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us celebrate, for Jesus is alive!
In many of our churches, we put away our “Alleluia” for Lent, and save using this special word again until Easter. When we start Lent this year, we didn’t realize how different our world would be when Easter Sunday arrived.
We saw Pope Benedict retire, which was something not seen in over 600 years; and we welcomed our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is showing us in a special way what it means to follow Jesus and live like he did. What a fortunate people we are to be living in this time — a time of renewal, a time of invitation and welcoming, a time for reaching out with the healing love of Jesus.
As winter turns to spring, snow melts, flowers bloom and we see the blessings of spring all around us. And just like nature shows us this new life each year, so too, God gives us new life each year for 50 days from Easter to Pentecost Sunday. When Pentecost comes, it is the “birthday of the church” and this year it is on Sunday, May 19. On this day, we remember when God kept his word by sending the Holy Spirit to be with the disciples as they went out to preach the Gospel to the world. This is the same Holy Spirit who lives with us now, and is with us every day and every time we say Alleluia.
Friends, keep celebrating Jesus’ resurrection every day, and share the joy you have in him everywhere you go. Also, be sure to watch our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he lives his life of faith, and please pray for him as much as you can. It will help him to follow Jesus and lead the church. And, I would appreciate you praying for me too, so I can do the same. You will be in my prayers as I pray that you will live with that Alleluia in your heart always. God bless you and your families.