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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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A Blessed Easter!

By Bishop David Ricken | April 17, 2014

There is a hymn that has recently captivated my attention. Lately there seems to be a great deal of suffering in our diocesan family. When  I go to parishes  and in the intentions for prayer you send to me, I notice that so many of you and your loved ones are suffering from cancer or some other very serious illness. In my family my brother Mark and a dear first cousin Linda have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving treatment now. The journey for our family and many of you can elicit vulnerability and powerlessness and feels more like the Passion of Jesus than about the Resurrection.

I was  struck by a hymn by composer David Osuna which I heard in a new way this week when we sang it in chapel, “Those Who See Light.”

Those who see light can walk in the dark.

Those who see love can see God.

Those who look up will discover God’s face.

Those who look down will uncover God’s path.

Those who perceive God is here with us now will see God’s return.

This hymn is so consoling to me because it reminds me that Jesus is with us always — in our grief, in our illnesses, in watching our loved ones suffer. It reminds me that walking with the eyes of faith is the Light of Jesus Christ — a gift we have received by the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What we celebrate during the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday) is  the walk with Jesus to Calvary, his death on the cross, and his triumph over death in his resurrection. In this, Jesus knows our suffering because he has walked it first. That walk is deeply personal for him and for us. In this lies our hope. Let us bring our suffering to the light of Christ. “Those who see light can walk in the dark.”

A Blessed Easter to all!

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