March 28, 2015
My Dear People of God,
The message of Easter is one of hope. The reason for that hope is the gift of redemption and salvation that is offered to us in Christ Jesus.
This gift of redemption is the heart of our life of faith. In his letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes, “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. …” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
These words of St. Paul provide a lesson or reminder for us concerning the cause of our hope, and such a hope is wonderfully experienced in the Church’s public prayer which we refer to as the liturgy.
Experiencing the reality of death as we do from time to time, we hear the Church pray in her Liturgy of Christian Burial, “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed and not ended.” (Preface of Christian Burial)
This Easter season, we look to Jesus’ resurrection as God’s final word in response to humanity’s need for deliverance from the power of sin and death.
This is the message of hope for which we celebrate the Easter season. In Jesus’ resurrection, we find God’s promise to us of everlasting life.
May the risen Lord fill your hearts with the peace which only He can give.
Joining my prayer to yours on Easter day and throughout the Easter season, I am,
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville