The enduring signs of Jesus’ love

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord Jesus,

This year, our annual Lenten retreat and Holy Week have been taking place in a uniquely different setting: within the Year of Faith. This Year is a priceless opportunity for each one of us to deepen our relationship with the Lord Jesus within the Community of His Disciples, the Church. He reaches out to embrace us with His ever-faithful merciful love, inviting from us a response of love: love for Him and for one another.

The central mystery of our faith - the Dying and Rising of Jesus Christ - proclaims clearly and intensely how much God loves us! Through the suffering, death and Resurrection of His Only-begotten Son, Whom He sent to be our Redeemer and Saviour, the love of God is revealed and made present. The Risen Lord Jesus stands before us on Easter as once He stood before His Disciples in the Upper Room, proclaiming peace and pointing to the wounds in His hands, feet and side, enduring signs of His love poured out to save us.

In the face of such love, how can we not but offer Him our love: love for Him and, because of Him, for all our brothers and sisters? In the face of such love, how can we not discover enduring hope even in humanly impossible situations, the desire to be as faithful as we can to our individual vocations, the strength to witness to Truth and to live Charity in daily life? In the face of such love, how can we not recommit ourselves to living the Faith by deepening our relationship with the Lord Jesus within the Community of His Disciples, the Church?

Yes, the love of the Risen Lord Jesus embraces us and unites us to be His disciples, living our Faith daily!

Assuring you of my prayers on Easter and throughout the Easter Season, and also reaffirming my pastoral love for each of you, I remain,

Faithfully in the Heart of Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde

Bishop of Arlington

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