“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)
Reflections from the Dean
Alleluia Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!
There are no other more hopeful words for a Christian than this Easter Acclamation. In short, without the Resurrection, the Christian journey would be in vain. I recognize the difficulty some people have with the Resurrection. I cannot pretend to know everything about the mystery of Christ conquering death, but I believe in the Resurrection because I have experienced and witnessed Christ resurrecting within me and within others.
One such witness was (Roman Catholic) Archbishop Dennis Hurley (1915-2004) of Durban, South Africa. When someone told him that he seemed to spend a lot of his time writing and speaking about the Resurrection, he replied, “Well of course, what else is there?”
Hurley’s Anglican brother in Christ, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said that the meaning of the Resurrection is that: “Good is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death. Victory is ours, through Him who loves us.”
These two men saw plenty of “Good Friday’s” in their lives and ministry, and yet they were able to proclaim the Resurrection with power and joy. This helps me understand how Mary Magdalene and the apostles, who experienced the arisen Christ, likewise were transformed and were able to proclaim the Easter Message throughout their known world. I believe this transforming message is the ultimate truth and reason to follow God in Christ.
I write this article on the cusp of the Sacred Triduum and invite you to please join us for the Great Three Days and for Easter! (Please see attached Schedule of Services.)
So in closing, on behalf of our Bishop Fitzpatrick, Mother Susan, Canon Renke, and the entire Cathedral staff, I wish you a joyful Eastertide Season.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!
Ua ala aʻe nei ʻo Kristo! Ua ala ʻiʻo nō ʻo Ia!