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Our Scripture readings on the feast of Easter are filled with contradiction: death to life; fear to joy; misunderstanding to understanding. They remind us that no one found the resurrection easy to comprehend and accept. Even though Jesus had spoken repeatedly about his suffering, death, and resurrection, no one could imagine what he meant. Now, it had happened and the challenge was to make sense out of the contradiction ... to figure out how life could come from death, joy from fear, understanding from misunderstanding.
For the first bewildered followers of Jesus, finding the tomb empty was literally life transforming … the beginning of their journey of faith. As misunderstanding gave way to understanding, they could not help but tell the story of what they saw and experienced.
Today the story continues through those of us whose lives have been equally transformed and who are called to be witnesses to what we have heard, what we have seen, and what we have experienced which is nothing less than the presence of the Risen Christ in our lives. The story does not end with an empty tomb … it never has; it never will. Through our faithful witness, and those of countless generations to come, we know that the story will live on forever!
Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and blessed Easter season!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, M.S.W., D.D.Bishop of Idaho
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