Cardinal Cupich’s Easter Message
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,
At Easter time, we proclaim and celebrate that Christ, our hope, has risen from the dead and is active in the life of the Church. He is our hope as the world faces so many challenges.
Think of our sisters and brothers in Ukraine and people in other parts of the world who daily struggle with war, civil unrest, violence, repression, and natural disasters. Think of those who are homeless and who walk our streets and those whose streets in our city are plagued with violence. Think too of the dark forces that continue to polarize our society and result in our own sinfulness, and the suffering of so many in mind or body with chronic illness. In the face of all this, we clearly know our need for the risen Christ, who is our hope.
I urge you to reclaim your Easter faith and hope in Christ, especially as you gather with your parish community and once again hear the proclamation “Christ is risen!” We sing in response “Alleluia, he is truly risen,” to express that on hearing this good news we deepen our faith that by rising from the tomb, Christ has broken the bonds of sin and death, and claims us as his very own daughters and sons of light.
Let this Easter season be a new springtime for us personally, our parishes and our archdiocese as we continue our renewal and commitment to be missionaries of hope to a world so much need.
Finally, let us pray for one another, for all those we love, and for all who have not yet heard or accepted new and lasting hope in Christ our risen Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Blase Cardinal Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago