Christians worldwide will celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. The Church kept its time of Lent as a time of preparation to enter into the joys of Easter. The bonds of solidarity that Easter ushers in with the theme of reconciliation are paramount to the lives of every human being no matter what religion, ethnic identity, or language one speaks.
Jesus was reconciled with his disciples after his resurrection and initiated the “Way, "an alternate lifestyle that brought about fellowship and enabled them to share all things.
Jesus empowered his disciples to courageously speak the truth and communicate the gospel to the ends of the earth. A gospel that moved them beyond their prejudices to be an inclusive society where people could express themselves and be heard and understood. Peter exclaims at the house of Cornelius a non-Jew “I truly understand that God shows no partiality” Acts 10: 34
Jesus assured his disciples of his presence until the end of the age. Though he was not physically present he would be with them.
As we celebrate the presence of the risen Christ in our midst we pray with the world, especially the people of Sri Lanka, for healing and reconciliation as Easter in this country reminds us of our insensitivities to one another. We pray that Jesus will give us the courage as he breathed the Holy Spirit upon his disciples to speak and act so that all sections of society can live in peace and fear dispelled from their lives.
May the day dawn when we can together shout for the joy He is risen indeed Hallelu Yah.
The Right Reverend Dushantha Rodrigo
Bishop of Colombo