Area Pastors on Hope of Easter
To the Christian, Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the third day after Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion.
Easter’s date corresponds roughly with Passover, the Jewish observance associated with the Exodus.
Scripture records in the New Testament that after the Romans crucified Jesus; he was buried in a new tomb provided by Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man and a disciple of Jesus.
Joseph took Jesus’ body to his own tomb and then he was conveyed to the place that had been prepared for Joseph’s own body, a manmade cave hewn from rock in the garden of his nearby house.
The account from Scripture records that God raised him from the dead, and he appeared to many people over a span of 40 days before his ascension to heaven.
We asked available area clergy to share their feelings of the hope that Easter provides.
Father Constantine Sitaris, Pastor of St. Basil’s Academy, said, “In the Greek calendar this year we celebrate Easter two weeks later … Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ suffered and died that we may have hope, light, joy, peace and love in his resurrection. We should continue to live with the hope of the resurrection no matter what occurs in this lifetime.”
Father Brian McSweeney of Our Lady of Loretto Parish said, “It’s all about hope, the hope of the Resurrection, the reality that Christ is present in the world.”
Rev. Leslie Mott, of the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, said, “The hope that Easter provides is life. Life renewed, life abundant, and a life of hope and promise. That death is not the final word. That love really does win.
“This is a challenge for all communities of faith, because the realities that we see—war, hatred, greed, squandering the resources of our planet—are so much in evidence. But the hope of Easter is that God is still at work. Easter gives us new eyes to see what God has done, is doing, and will do.”