Dear St. William Parishioners,
During Holy Week we entered liturgically into the darkness of the Cross. Many of us are spiritually experiencing the same darkness with cultural indifference to faith, political division, humanitarian crises, a pandemic, and hatred. It was no different for the Lord. Jesus was rejected, insulted, hated, abused, and ultimately crucified because of words He said, miracles He performed, sinners He spoke to, and people He helped.
But this is not a time to despair because the Cross did not have the last word! For, He is Risen! Our Lord is truly Risen! Jesus, through his resurrection, has conquered sin and death! Do not focus on the happenings of this world because God is in control. Many felt desolate because they could not see God’s plan in Jesus’ death. But they rejoiced when He appeared to them again. May we rejoice as they did for the coming days. I say days because Easter is not just this one weekend. For the next 8 days, we will celebrate the Octave of Easter. Then we begin the Easter season, remembering the 40 days that Jesus walked the earth after His resurrection, leading towards His Ascension into Heaven, and ending with Pentecost. May we live our lives as the Easter people that we are! With our gaze firmly planted on the Lord with full knowledge of HIS triumph. Do not despair for, He is risen! He is truly risen indeed! Have a Happy Easter!