Pastor's Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

  EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. STEPHEN ROWNTREE, S.J.   The Resurrection of the Lord Each year the Catholic Church solemnly celebrates, as we have just celebrated, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. The events remembered happened almost two thousand years ago in a minor outpost of the mighty Roman Empire. The story we have heard tells of how a popular and promising Jewish prophet/preacher who taught with authority and performed miracles was betrayed by one of his closest followers, arrested by the religious leaders of the day, tried as a blasphemer, turned over to the Roman authorities who acquiesced in the sentence of death, and after torturing and mocking him executed him by crucifixion. Many Palestinians of the day hated their Roman overlords. Periodically they rallied behind popular leaders who led them to attack Roman troops. The Romans ruthlessly crushed and killed those who rebelled. Jesus of Nazareth, according to the scriptural witnesses, did not advocate armed revolt. In fact he insistently warned against it. However, he did preach the coming of God’s kingdom in which God himself would again rule his chosen people. And Jesus preached solemn judgment against the religious authorities of the day and the Temple […]

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