HOPE and reconciliation are the two biggest messages behind Christ's resurrection, says Father John Ryan.
Speaking at the Labasa Holy Family Parish yesterday, Fr Ryan described the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the very centre of Christian faith.
He said God declared his love for humankind by lending his dearest possession, His son, to reconcile sinful man to himself.
"It is through this man who died and rose again that God openly declared his love for the human race," he said.
"Through the resurrection of Christ we continue to live with the conviction that God is love and He is forever with us.
"The resurrection of Christ also brings about hope for men despite our own brokenness and hopelessness."
Fr Ryan said it was this very hope that was still available to the people of Fiji and those suffering in conflict-affected countries such as Ukraine and Russia.
"This very same hope is available to us here in Fiji and our leaders for with it comes a new vision and a new lease of life.
"In the midst of our sinful and fallen state, we still have hope and faith in God who is our refuge.
"Therefore, in order to achieve this hope, we have to first believe in ourselves to have the ability to believe in God."