With great joy we greet all the clergy and faithful of our Province this Paschaltide! Having commemorated the salvific events of the Sacrum Triduum, once again we rejoice in the remembrance of ourselves as an “Easter people and ‘alleluia’ is our song!” (St Augustine of Hippo)
Our Lenten and Passiontide fast being over, let us heed the sage advice of the Apostle (1 Corinthians 5. 7, 8) and temper our feasting moderately that we do not lose the benefit of all that we had achieved in spiritual discipline! Though it was important for us to interiorly reflect upon our spiritual condition, now we should focus on the hope that Our Lord’s resurrection affords us, remembering to live as those qualified to “share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:12). Let us strive to remember that though we sojourn here “in this vale of tears” (Salve Regina) and there are many events affecting our faithful across the Province, economically and politically, yet our citizenship, by virtue of our baptism, is in heaven (cf Phillipians 3:20).
Therefore, “let us keep the feast” (1 Cor.5:8) and recalling our baptism, let us seek to fulfill the great commission of Our Lord, to preach the gospel and bring others to baptism in the Name of the most holy and Blessed Trinity (Matthew 28:16-20) by the witness in our own lives to the love of God made manifest in Christ whom we saw “lifted up” on Good Friday, that we, being vessels through whom He “may draw all men to Himself” (John 12:32) remembering ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28), may ourselves bring about in the hearts of others a true awakening to the origin and purpose of our existence; to love God and each other (Matthew 22:36-40).
Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum.
Metropolitan of Europe