Dear parishioners

The power of the resurrection is more than we could ever hope for or imagine.  The resurrection comes from the very life of God and we are all meant to live this life – yes, already on earth.  In Christ we share the very life of God.  This life is a continual source, a continual ‘generating’ of life.  Christ, by His resurrection showed us that this life conquers every evil, all sin, and even death itself.  Everything is swallowed up in life!  At the end of time when there is the bodily resurrection, then everything will be “all in all” in God.  

The resurrection will come at the end of time, but we can already live by the power of the resurrection in this life! By our baptism we have already entered in the death and life of Jesus.  We have been buried with Him and raised with Him.  If we begin to actually believe this and live by it we will be transformed day by day. 

Jesus himself promised us: “Truly I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn 8:51). To keep the word of Jesus we can come back to the God-given virtues bestowed upon us at our baptism: faith, hope, and love.

Faith: At the heart of our faith is a trust in Christ and a surrender of our lives.  Have we understood that Jesus is knocking on the door of our lives and He is inviting us to a friendship with Him?  On our part: we believe, we trust, we turn to Christ and ask Him to the Lord of our lives.

Hope: We hold on to the promises of God even when the events of this world, of our lives, and even our very feelings seem to go against them.  God who cannot lie gives us promises that are sure – we must persevere, hang on, hold tight and trust.

Love: This is already the very life of God which is put into action day by day.  By our prayers, by our generosity, patience, kindness, and little sacrifices we can do each day.

Faith, hope and love bring us into the very life of God. By these virtues, which we can exercise every day keeping God’s word and live by the resurrection.  

Father Philip

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