“God really is as close to us, and as compassionate and merciful towards us, and as loving, as Jesus proclaimed him to be,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has said, speaking during his homilies for Easter at St Mary’s Cathedral.
“We Catholics believe, that is, we know with the certainty of our faith, that in Jesus we have so much more than a really good man who lived a wonderful life and left us a remarkable legacy and a powerful teaching,” said Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, speaking on Palm Sunday, 2 April.
Easter assures us that the Lord is alive today. He is risen from the dead and He stands before His Father praying for us. But, at the same time, He stands at the door of our lives and of our hearts and continues to knock, asking us to let Him in. He wants to make His home within us. Say “yes” to this gift. Accept this offer made in generosity and love. Begin to live your lives in Christ and allow Him to enrich the lives of all you love. Let your restless hearts be stilled by the power of His gift of Easter peace.
Christ’s victory over death “is not an illusion” and the world needs “the crucified and risen Lord so that we can believe in the victory of love and hope for reconciliation, Pope Francis has said before delivering his Easter Blessing.
Speaking about the women finding Christ alive, Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said that what this meant for those first disciples was that their faith, so shattered by the horror of the death of Jesus, was not just reborn but “exploded into something new and completely life-changing”