This year, the spring time brings together the major festivals of the three monotheistic religions:
– Pessa’h 5782, which reminds the Jews of the liberating exit from Egypt
– Aïd al-Fitr 1443, which closes the Muslim Ramadan fast;
– Christian Passover 2022, celebrating Jesus’ victory over death.
Can we take this opportunity to wish each other happy feast and “to share our joys and sorrows” as the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue invites us to do?
We remember the suffering caused by the global pandemic.
We all feel the violent tremors of war in the Ukraine and other countries.
Natural disasters will continue.
But all this must not extinguish our hope because Jesus has defeated evil and death.
A hymn by Robert Lebel which can be found on the web carries this hope:
Easter, spring of God! Easter, spring of the world! Easter, spring of the heart! Easter of Jesus-Christ.
(Pâques, printemps de Dieu! Pâques printemps du monde! Pâques printemps du cœur! Pâques de Jésus-Christ.)
We wish you a blessed and holy Easter!
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa!