Resurrection art inside the Church of
the Holy Sepulcre, Old City of
Jerusalem. Credit: EWTN / katholisches
tv March 8, 2017.
Washington D.C., - Easter is a joyous
reminder that Jesus’ Resurrection overcomes
fear and doubt, the U.S. bishops said in
their 2017 Easter message.
“Through Christ's passion, His burial in
the tomb and His glorious resurrection, we
come to realize the enormity of the Lord's
sacrifice for us,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,
president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops, said April 17.
While we may feel unworthy of this love,
he said, “Let us not be afraid. Let's allow
ourselves to be taken – even seized – with
Cardinal DiNardo, who heads the
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, reflected
on Mary Magdalene’s fear and doubt as she
stood by the Tomb of Jesus Christ.
“There, it was Jesus who rescued Mary
from her fears and darkness by calling her
name,” the cardinal said. “Jesus calls out
to each of us by name today as He did the
very first Easter Sunday. His promise
fulfilled. His word brings life, ‘I am the
Good Shepherd and I know mine’.”
“Jesus waits for you and me, embracing us
in our moments of greatest need and desire,”
Cardinal DiNardo said. “Welcome the love of
God into your life. Share it those around
you, especially the most vulnerable of our
sisters and brothers.”
Cardinal DiNardo’s message was recorded
in a video posted to the Facebook page of
the U.S. bishops’ conference.