Easter Message, 2013
March 25, 2013
Dear Members of the University Community,
This year the Jewish feast of Passover and the Christian commemoration of Jesus' death and resurrection fall during the same week. This truly is a holy week when people of Jewish and Christian faith traditions acknowledge and honor God's salvific events in human history. Beginning this evening at sundown and continuing for eight days, Jews around the world will celebrate Passover and relive the saving grace of God when God freed the Israelites from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.
Christians this week take part in the dramatic rituals of the Triduum when we recall the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. With Christ's resurrection on Easter we experience the ultimate saving act of the love of the Father and the Son. We recognize the suffering of the Crucifixion on Good Friday knowing that through the suffering comes the Easter joy of Resurrection. At this time, we celebrate the hope that springs from faith in the Risen Lord and His profound love for each one of us.
In observance of this holy week, the University will be closed on Friday, March 29 (Good Friday); Monday, April 1, will be an academic holiday. For a schedule of services at the Mission during the week, visit the Mission Church website. In this time of hope and renewal, I pray that you experience God's saving grace in your lives. May we all share in the peace that comes from a loving and compassionate God.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.