Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba





Easter Message 2017

We celebrate the wonderful joy of Easter and give thanks for the many gifts that we have received. Let us rejoice and be glad for this is the day that the Lord has made!

Was Lent a challenging time? Was Lent over before our good intentions were activated? Good intentions remain just good intentions if we don’t act. How often after an event do we regretfully say “if only...”. 

Queensland has just come through Cyclone Debbie with its torrential rain and destructive winds. Many homes and businesses will take some time to return to what might be called normal. At the same time we thank all our emergency and community services that rapidly stepped in to minimise danger and to alleviate hardships. We have also witnessed strangers and neighbours helping each other.   

Perhaps we were a bit slow getting off the mark with Lent but it is never too late to lend a helping hand to those in need. St Vincent de Paul may be contacted via the web or telephone, or telephone 131 812. May we not be indifferent to those in need.

The women at the tomb received the news of the Resurrection, were filled with great joy and ran to tell the disciples. The disciples on the road to Emmaus took a while before they realised it was the Lord, so we too can be a little slow in coming to the realisation that the risen Lord calls us now as his friends and to be his disciples

Pope Francis in a recent morning homily encouraged Christians to get on with things, living life with joy. Like the disciples may our hearts be filled with joy as together we journey with Jesus in this special season.

As we celebrate Easter, we have reason to give thanks for the wonderful gifts the Lord has so graciously and freely bestowed upon us.  I wish you every blessing in this wonderful season of light and hope. May the light of risen Christ shine brightly in each of us that others may see that Christ is truly Risen!

Rejoice and be glad for the Lord is Risen! He is indeed Risen! May we remain in and grow in  the love of the Risen Lord and may that be seen by our actions.

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
April 2017

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