AN EASTER PEOPLE

Welcome to the most Joyous and Holiest day of the year! This is the day when Jesus rose
from the dead and we can celebrate our new life in Christ.
I love St. John Paul II’s famous quote when he said. “Do not abandon yourselves to
despair. We are an Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.”
Isn’t that our call today as well? To be an Easter people to all we meet outside of this
church, in our workplaces, in our families, and to those who don’t have hope.
Also, today our church will be full of people who may normally not come to Mass. I was
reading a reflection that I think truly instructs us very well as to how we are to welcome
our brothers and sisters who don’t attend every week. The stewardship reflection folks say
it this way. “Throughout our diocese thousands of people are at Mass today who may not
normally attend. Recent studies have shown that as many as 40 percent of those who do
not regularly attend may not have been at Mass since Christmas.
That is another reason for us to rejoice and say “Welcome home.” We miss you and we love you. Christ’s love for us
is at the foundation of our celebration today. St. Augustine once wrote, “God loves each of us as if there were only
one of us.” We ask God’s blessings on all those who have passed our amazing religion to you. Clearly you do
remember your devotion and are here to honor it.”
A beautiful message I believe for this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the fact that Jesus conquered death and rose
from the grave. I would like to echo the sentiment as well, and to say “welcome home” to anyone who is visiting
this parish this weekend! I truly hope you will find a permanent home here with us.
Also, to all the parishioners here at St. Thomas More, I wish you a Blessed and Joyful Easter with all your family
and friends. I also wish to thank you for being so welcoming and caring to me and my family.
God bless you all, Deacon Danny

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