Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.” Luke 24: 5-6
In the story of the empty tomb, the Church proclaims that Jesus Christ was so filled with the power of life, that death could not hold Him. In bursting forth from the tomb, our Lord manifested His power to empty from life all the evil that sought to capture and confine it. All of the bitterness and regret, the alienation and isolation, the anxiety and worry, and the fear and trepidation that seeks to block our path of life and entrap us, have been rolled away with the resurrection of our Lord.
This Easter, I ask all members of our Catholic faith community to make the commitment to grow more deeply in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Participate often in the sacrament of reconciliation, go to Mass, read the Bible on a daily basis, pray – always pray – and remember that the promise made by Christ thousands of years ago is just as true today as when it was first proclaimed.
May the Spirit of the risen Christ bring great joy to your hearts this Easter, and may you abide in that joy for all your days. With every good wish and blessing this bright season, I remain,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee