From the Desk of the Pastor
Father Robert's Easter Message 2022
Our forty days and forty nights of Lenten fasting, almsgiving, and penances are now over. Our somber Good Friday service of entering into the Passion of Christ has passed. “We adore you O Christ, because by your Holy Cross and Resurrection, you have redeemed the world.” The “Gloria” again resounds within our worship space. The light of the Easter vigil candles is passed along from person to person. The Easter proclamation fulfills that Christs’ suffering is now past and the Lamb of God redeems all of humanity.
The Lenten season had called us “to come back to the Lord with humble and contrite hearts,” to renew and refresh, to be transformed, acknowledging the signs of God’s ever renewing love once again. For those of us in this particular area of the world, we welcome the notion that the cold, gloomy, months of winter are now behind us. Fourth-century Byzantine church father St. John Chrysostom acknowledged a harmony of Christianity and our created world, connecting the resurrection and the new “spring” of plants and flowers.
After the resurrection, Jesus’ initial followers were faced with fear, confusion, and debate. There were many more questions than answers. Today, we have the gift of wisdom from Christ’s Church, these two thousand plus years later, that inform us of our faith and the Easter mystery. We are now called God’s Easter people! So, for us, this would be another “What now moment?” Moving forward, “How do we live our lives as more authentic disciples?” “With whom are we supposed to share this good news?” Christ still asks, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). We, in turn, should be asking, “What are we to do…..?” (Acts 2:37).
The sheer drama of all of the events of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ draw us in and invites us to claim a deeper relationship with God. As we walk this life and faith journey each spring we are encouraged to grow deeper and wiser in our Christianity. We are called to consider ever more deeply the questions we may have about our faith and our calling as modern-day disciples. We should consider our relationship with one another as a community, to strengthen our journey together and our relationship with the divine, with persistence and courage.
We now have fifty days to joyfully celebrate Easter, culminating in the feast of Pentecost, where we will celebrate our 175th anniversary year of the establishment of St. Stephen’s by our forefathers and mothers. They entered into a new world with fear, confusion, and uncertainty, yet they persevered in faith, the same faith we carry on today. God continues to pour out his Spirit of life upon us as he did centuries ago.
With thanksgiving we say; “The Lord is risen; he is risen indeed!”
May God bless you on this Easter Sunday and in all-ways!!!
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Archbisop Listecki's Easter 2022 Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee