Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

March Nature - Easter Joy

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The joy of the resurrection of Jesus unfolds before us with our Easter Masses. This year, God’s gift of nature doesn’t seem to know about the joy of this blessed day. We have rain, snow, cold, wind and March sort of days. May we be blessed with April sort of days now.

Easter is such a time of rejoicing. As we have reflected on the condemnation, suffering and death of Jesus in the Triduum, we can be filled with remorse. We realize that all that happened to Jesus was to enable each one to be forgiven the sins of our lives. Each one can move away from the pain of our own poor choices. God so loves us that He would not leave us in that sinful condition.

That is why Jesus came to this earth. He did not come in just a spiritual way. He came as fully human, in every way that we are, except sin. He did not cling to what it meant to be God when he became one of us. He did not say - I am God after all and the scourging at the pillar, the crown of thorns, the crucifixion on the cross, they don’t really hurt. Wrong! In every way, Jesus endured these painful human experiences.

Why would Jesus, the Son of God do all this? God so loved us. God would not abandon us to our own chaos. God would not give us what we deserve. God sent Jesus to us - to have the fullness of the human experience - as human and as divine. In so doing, Jesus came through suffering, death, burial to rise from the dead after three days.

In that rising from the dead, death was conquered for all of us. We can now share in that gift of eternal life. We can now have our individual sins forgiven. We can be touched this day with the Joy of Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

May your lives be filled with this joy as we celebrate Easter here and throughout the world.

On behalf of all the Staff here at St. Luke’s may you and your families bask in the glow of Easter joy. May God’s gift of nature catch up with our joyful celebrations.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann