Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Christ is Risen!
There are times when we can feel the truth of that exclamation in all our being. And there are other times when it seems that the Good News is just too good to be true — even when it stands right before us.
Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the burdens of the day, sorrows and trials that come our way obscure our vision. Under the weight of natural disasters, economic trials, ongoing international conflicts and assaults against life, we are bowed down. Sometimes it seems that all we can “see” is the ground at our feet. Then, like the disciples, we do not see the Lord walking right along with us.
As a stranger joins us to share our sorrows, Christ is there — walking with us.
As the word is proclaimed, Christ is there — burning in our hearts.
As the bread is broken, Christ is there — ready to be encountered.
Having come face to face with the Risen One, how can we remain unchanged, unmoved?
Like the two disciples, we too are called to run from the table, from the shared meal, with hearts burning to share the Good News of the resurrection with everyone!
My prayer for all of us is that, renewed after 40 days of fasting and our return to the Easter waters, we would eagerly embrace Christ’s mandate to invite everyone to the feast which lasts much more than 50 days. May we be filled with the Spirit and strengthened to give witness to the news which is so good because it is true:
Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport