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Easter brings message of hope

Dawn Gibson
Friday, April 18, 2014

EASTER is the celebration and commemoration of the most central event in the Christian tradition — the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And therefore, the Easter initiative, according to the head of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, is one provided by God.

"While there is no historical data of the original Easter experience, there is a truth about Jesus' disciples' Easter experience. A particular experience stands at the beginning of Christianity — that of the disciples' Easter experience," he said in his Easter message.

"The disciples' experience of Jesus, his life, teaching, miracles, his stand for the marginalised, his suffering and death gave their own lives new meaning, significance and direction.

"They expressed their identity by an enthusiasm for continuing Jesus' mission to preach and establish the kingdom of God.

"The disciples who had described Jesus and hid themselves silently in the upper room for fear of the Jews, were transformed into men and women charged with a mission.

"They ceaselessly proclaimed everywhere what this Jesus had done, what had happened to him, what had happened to them as a result and what can happen to all who will listen to this story. This is good news. This was their mission."

He said Easter brought the message of hope to the people of Fiji and highlighted the importance of God's presence spiritually in the history and lives of Fijian people.