Bp of Haiti’s Easter Message

On this the Thursday of Easter Week, we commend to you the Easter Message of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Jean Zaché Duracin:

‘The Lord is with all Haitians,’ Bishop Duracin says in Easter message

Msgr. Jean Zaché Duracin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s EASTER MESSAGE 2010

“Alleluia, He is risen”

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, does not stop us from singing in joy and gladness, “Alleluia, He is risen” in this Easter season. We have been especially affected this Lent as the awful odors from the many bodies have invaded us and invaded us again. As we reflect on biblical themes such as repentance, conversion, forgiveness, we remember as well a relative, a friend, one who was close to us, all of whom, in most cases, were denied funeral ceremonies where we could say goodbye with human dignity. Thus, crossing the desert has been and still is long and extremely difficult. With millions of people without proper shelter, without work, living in desperate conditions, the situation is truly lamentable.

However, it is necessary that life continue. This is indeed why we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. His resurrection is a sign that God can give life even to dry bones (Ezekiel 37:3-6). God is a God of life, a life that flows from his love for humanity, a love that is embodied in his Son Jesus Christ. The Gospel according to St. John tells us: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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