Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed!
Happy Easter, beloved. We have come through the long days of Lent and now find ourselves rejoicing with praise and thanksgiving for what God has done and continues to do in our midst.
At Easter, we celebrate the great mystery that God in the person of Jesus enters into the deepest, darkest parts of our pain and suffering, even into the violence in our world, and transforms it. We celebrate with joy God’s victory over death. Love has had the final word.
As we go about our daily lives, it can sometimes be hard to see signs of resurrection and hope, but they are present. Traveling around the diocese, I rejoice to see new life flourishing from south to north and in between. All of you are digging deep, serving Jesus faithfully, being beacons of Christ’s love in the world. As we enter the fifty days of Eastertide, I pray that you will continue to serve in ways that kindle the light of Christ in your hearts and bring the word incarnate into your communities, your homes, and wherever you live and move and have your being.
Especially in these times, we have a particular opportunity to shine the light of love in places where it seems diminished, where the pain and suffering of the world is too present. Too often, we find ourselves in such places. And yet, as we say in our rite for the Burial of the Dead, “Even at the grave we make our song. Alleluia, alleluia!”
So let us rejoice! This Easter, keep your eyes tuned for the ways that God is creating a new thing in our very midst. Look close, look far, and above all else, spread the love that you have for Jesus to those who might need a word of hope or a sign of light–a sign that there is another way to do this life.
Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows