Easter Letter - Holy Week
My Sisters and Brothers, I begin this letter with the words that Pope Francis uttered on Friday, March 27, at the Urbi et Orbi: ‘“When evening had come’ (Mk 4:35) …For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets, and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel, we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time essential and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat, are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying ‘We are perishing’ (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.”
Indeed, we are all in this same boat, the Church, our parish, our community. Honestly, I have experienced through so many of you this “rowing together” amid this storm. I have been able to talk to many of you, either via the phone or in person. Many of you have called me asking how I was doing. I truly appreciate your love and friendship. Many of you brought me treats. I was also able to feed you with the Word and the Sacrament in the parking lot, through social media, via televised Mass. I give thanks to God for all of you. Through God’s grace, we were able to “row together,” and we managed to steer our boat, our parish, to these shores of Easter. Yes! Easter has arrived. Easter is for us like the voice of Christ that shouts at the storm, crying out: “Quiet now! Be calm!” (Mk 4:39). I pray that this Easter may have this effect against the storm as it also plays in our hearts, as we experience the darkness of our days. “Quiet now! Be calm.” May the risen Christ bring us this quietness and calmness, his assurance that death has been overcome! Eternal life is our gift!
Looking forward to interacting with all of you during the Triduum, in one form or another, I would like to express my sincerest wishes that this Easter time may be a blessing to all of you and your families. That indeed, Christ may quiet every storm and silence every possible situation of anguish and give you the joy of participating in the celebration of eternal life – the gift of Christ Risen!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Michal Sajnog