From Mother Vicki
Alleluia. Christ is risen!
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In this time of Covid-19 with some who are essential personnel working overtime in profoundly difficult circumstances, and with others sheltering in place and struggling with all that means, this has been the strangest and most difficult Lent and Holy Week we have ever experienced. Everyone has had to struggle in their own way. If we go out it means wearing masks and gloves, and staying 6 feet away from each other (in Florida they are reminding people this is the length of a large alligator). For those who are working in hospitals & nursing homes, it means trying to help people who are dangerously sick, and witnessing the death of those that could not be helped. And for others, it means not being able to be with our loved one or family member in their last hours. The pain and grief are profound.
As Christians, we are reminded every Ash Wednesday that we are dust and to dust we shall return, and every Holy Week that Christ suffered for us unto death, even the most horrible death on a cross. We are familiar with sorrow and grief. The artwork and music that have been produced in response to human struggle and Christ’s redemptive self sacrifice are some of the most beautiful ever created.
Here’s the astonishing gift. Jesus Christ, although he was crucified like a common thief on the cross, rose from the dead and surprised every single one of his disciples and friends. And their love and trust in Christ’s Resurrection has been handed down to us for over two thousand years.
Easter Sunday reminds us that death is not the end. “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?“ (I Corinthians 15:55) Our God knows what it is like to suffer and die, and our God is with us through every moment of joy and sorrow. The most beautiful Holy Agape Love has broken the horrible hold that death has had on us. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:56-57)
My prayer for you in this time of great trial is that you will feel the Love of God enfolding you. No matter what difficulty you must face, may the Love of Christ be in your heart and mind and may you be blessed with the great gifts of faith, courage, love and hope!
In Christ and with much love,
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!