April 16th, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
"Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!" We have come through our 40-day
Lenten journey and can once again sing praises to the Lord - Alleluia! As with most things, we
tend not to fully appreciate them until they are gone. The Lenten practice of omitting alleluias
gives us a small taste of what life is like when sin enters our lives and separates us from God.
There is a void, an emptiness, a longing for something more. That emptiness can only be filled by
Jesus came to fill the void. It wasn't enough for Him to become one of us by being born of the
Virgin Mary, or to teach us, or to perform miracles revealing God's truth and power in ways that the
prophets of old were unable to. He ultimately came to die for us, offering Himself as that one full,
perfect, sufficient sacrifice for our sins and the sins of all the world for all time, paying the
price that we are incapable of paying ourselves.
But, Jesus also came to rise to new life for us. As a sign of His power and victory over sin and
death (the ultimate enemy of humankind), Jesus rose from the dead. It is that which we celebrate
this Easter day. In his book, The Case For Christ, Lee Strobal (a former atheist, now
Christian apologist) writes:
The resurrection is the supreme vindication of Jesus' Divine identity and inspired
teaching. It's the proof of His triumph over sin and death. It's the foreshadowing of the
resurrection of His followers. It's the basis of Christian hope. It's the miracle of all Miracles.
This "Miracle of all Miracles" is what we celebrate this Easter Day as
we join with Christians around the world and with all the heavenly hosts singing God's praises as we
cry out, "Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!"
Karen and I wish you and all your loved ones a very blessed and joyful Easter. May God bless you!
In Christ's Love,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Love
Ninth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Albany