Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem issues March 2012 newsletter
monthly newsletter from Jerusalem
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Easter shows us a world in which God has the last word, not the world. And that last word has the power of love that proved stronger than despair. It has the power of forgiveness not rejection, with life not death.
In our Faith, the suffering, crucifixion and the death of Christ were not the end of story. They were followed by the joy of the resurrection. And we are the people of the resurrection.
Easter means that we have a future – a bright future in Christ. Let us together continue to pave the way of justice and peace. Through the power of the Risen Lord let us take away the walls of hatred and rejection.
We are called to continue the ministry of love and compassion, to enhance the ministry of peace and reconciliation. Resurrection means forgiveness, hope and victory over sin, evil and death. It is victory that Easter is all about. The disciples’ despair turned into glad discovery and joy. Good Friday turned into a bright Easter morning with life and joy and a crown, not a cross, with laughter and victory, not pain.
We pray for the birth of a new day when peace and justice will prevail in Jerusalem and all over the world. It is the resurrection that gives us bright hope as Christians of the land of the Holy One.
Now, as ever, Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. He is the hope of the Christians of the Holy Land. According to His wisdom, we shall look positively to the future. As Christians we shall face the future with a hope that grows out of our faith in the providence and purpose of God, Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Church here continues to be a source of God’s love shining the light of hope through our parishes, schools, hospitals and clinics. We continue to transmit this hope through our concern and our joint efforts to work together in order to preserve the Christian presence and witness in the land of the Holy One.
Let us celebrate together as one body of Christ in the joy of the resurrection.
Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani
Episcopal Bishop of Jerusalem
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Bishop’s meeting in Christ School, Nazareth
Bishop visits Diocesan committees and institutions in Jordan and Lebanon
News from Diocesan schools in Ramallah
Bishop visits United States