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Forgiveness is the door through which healing peace enters our world this Easter.

One of the last statements of Jesus on the Calvary Cross was: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23/24).  Forgiveness of every person who harms us is one of the great saving lessons of Good Friday.

Then, the first words of the Risen Lord Jesus at the Resurrection Victory of Easter is: “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24/36).  Easter peace is the first gift to us from our healing God.

This Easter let us receive these gifts of forgiveness and healing peace like never before!  Let us begin in our hearts, so easily torn apart by bitterness and selfishness.

Let forgiveness and healing peace flow into our families and friends.  May these gifts give us the courage to develop real neighbourliness to those in our streets and communities.  Let the homeless and lonely this Easter receive not more pious sentiments but real practical charity and care.

Let the forgiveness and healing peace of the Risen Lord Jesus reign this Easter!  May we be filled with joy and hope.

Happy Easter to all!


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We were made in God’s image and likeness.  That means every human being has special value and a purpose.
We need to care for each other so we can be the people God Calls us to be.



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