EASTER MESSAGE – Reflection for April 2010
Gandhi once said; “we must be the change we want to see around us”. These words are an inspiration now, as we live in crisis times for the Church, the economy and for our entire society! Easter shows what can happen when we are prepared to move beyond our self-imposed limitations! The tomb is empty; there is no point in seeking the living among the dead! As new persons, we are challenged to accept the newness around us: new faces, new languages, new cultures, and to create a new society, becoming ourselves, “the change we want to see happening”. We can do this in the strength of our faith in the Resurrection, which alone overcomes death. Here is hope for the world that the Pope has expressed, and it challenges us to make our prayers great ones:In the strength of the risen Jesus, may the conflicts in Africa come to an end, conflicts which continue to cause destruction and suffering, and may peace and reconciliation be attained, as guarantees of development. In particular I entrust to the Lord the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Nigeria.