Superior General's Message
“The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn’t the end. Jesus didn’t escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.”
- Steven James, Story
Once again we pass through the memories of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Glory, walking with Jesus. We pass through the different experiences of life inter-twined with Joy, success, rejection, passion, death and resurrection. What we lack, in comparison with Jesus, is the inability of seeing the big picture and larger vision. We often forget the powerful words of St. John Paul ll - “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
Easter reminds us – “Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” (Luke - 24: 26) The words of the young man sitting on the right wearing a white robe is an indication for us : “He is not here - he has been raised” (Mark - 16: 5-6). Easter is a reminder that we should not be confined to the grave of the past, burdens and sorrows of yesterday, prejudices and obsessions with so many entanglements, moments of apparent failures and downcast faces, but we should be determined to move forward, carrying the crosses, enter into the dazzling light of glorification and be on the heightsof victory- the victory of the Cross.
The instruction of Jesus is: “You go, then, and do the same.” (Luke - 10:37) This is the deep inspiring and most challenging path for each one of us in our efforts to follow Jesus. Let us march forward.
“Change is not always a good thing. What I need is not change from one thing to another but transformation from who I am into who I was meant to become. Only when God’s transforming power touches me can I begin to live the simpler, freer, fresher, more creative, more patient, more passionate, more sacrificial, riskier, rawer, more real, more love-driven life God intended for me all along. That transformation is what awaits all who dare to enter the story of God. As Paul wrote, ‘Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think’ (Romans 12:2)”
- Steven James, Story
WE WISH YOU ALL THE SPECIAL GREETINGS OF GLORIOUS EASTER ! !
Fr. Francis Kilivallickal CST