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Message from Bp. Allende

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.

[Mark 16:4-6]

Dear People of God and Sisters and Brothers of the Northeastern Ohio Synod,

The Easter story from the Gospel according to Mark ends abruptly, with the women leaving the tomb in terrified amazement, saying nothing to anyone out of fear.

Such an ending leaves us wanting more, but maybe it was Mark’s intention to leave the story unfinished so that we could be the witnesses to the meaning and excitement of Easter.

The subsequent Gospel authors expanded and enhanced the story. Today we know the women didn’t stay silent for long.

There is nothing like a personal testimony to convince others that Jesus was truly alive and that he is now the living Lord who rules with power and authority. It is we who are the ones who tell the story for those who have not heard.

The risen Christ gives us the ability, the faith and hope, that enables us to overcome the despair of the world, as he walks alongside us through whatever challenges we face in this life.

Christ has declared his eternal love for us and his eternal presence in our lives. “I am the resurrection and the life,” he says. “Live and believe in me and you will live a life today that is confident, bold and courageous and you will have the joy of eternal life.”

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Blessed Easter!

+Bishop Abraham Allende

Easter 2018

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