My dear Friends: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
During this Holy Season of Easter, we pray for peace within ourselves and with those we love, but also we pray for harmony among all people and nations. We who call ourselves Christians are called by Jesus to be peacemakers: our love must be unconditional, our actions non-violent, and our community inclusive.
Jesus’ Resurrection – the anastasis, the rebirth – reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit is always alive in us and is a reality that informs our daily choices, allowing us to achieve the unconditional love that is the basis of Jesus message. Each day, we are privileged to surrender our hearts to God’s call for us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The Resurrection affirms our love for ourselves and restores our innocence. The Resurrection secures our love of every other one of God’s children and adults, as well extends to all animals and the Earth. The Resurrection defends the recognition that all are created in God’s Image and Likeness.
I pray that we may, all of us together, be enriched by the healing love of Almighty God, Light of the Universe, who raises us up in salvation, by Jesus Christ, over death into eternal life. May God protect and guide you and all those that you love. May God bless you and may your heart be at peace in God’s grace. Live in the Light of the Risen Christ!
First Hierarch / Bishop of the Inclusive Orthodox Church