From the Administrator
Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! The tomb is empty and we are saved! One of my favorite lines to describe today is from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “Death is swallowed up in victory, O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” Today is the day when we as a Church wake from sleep and realize that with Jesus Christ, absolutely anything is possible. We have a God who has overcome death itself!
It’s a joy to be with you to celebrate this, my first Easter with our Parish. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here for four months. It’s been quite a ride up until now. I’m not sure I knew what I was getting into when I got that phone call from my personnel rep that said “well, the good news is that you’re going to get a parish...but there’s a catch, there’s a few other jobs to go along with it.” I never thought I would have to go into a new parish and change the mass schedule within the first month. Yet, sometimes life is like that, it’s never quite what we’d expect.
Yet, now, I must say, it’s a joy to be here with you folks. There are some very good people at St. Stephen’s and at Immaculate Conception, as well as at Huntingdon Prison and Juniata College. It’s a good thing to be able to help provide the sacraments and share the faith with you folks. It’s been a learning experience for me, as I realize that I simply can’t do it all...and yet, Jesus can. It is good to always remember, Jesus is the reason we’re here,
The winter is finally over, spring really feels like it’s here. New life is popping up all over the world, I’ve even seen some new flowers starting to bloom. Easter is a celebration of the reality that together with Jesus Christ, we can work together to build the kingdom that will last forever. If you’re just visiting our parish, thank you for taking the first step. I’ve talked to a few folks who are trying to make a fresh start of their life this Easter and get back on the right track. I’d ask us all to continue work together, sharing our faith in Jesus Christ through our work and our prayer. For those who have been away, let us, each of us, run like Mary Magdala to share the joy of our risen Lord with everyone we know.
As you take home our Easter Gift, the books by Matthew Kelly, I hope you will read through it and pass it along. Together, let us Rediscover Jesus, and share him with everyone that we meet.