Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Updated: 4:08 pm
My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:
You’ve heard the expression, “The light at the end of the tunnel.”
Easter is the light that leads us forward when our path seems endlessly dark and hard and cold.
Sometimes it can be difficult to believe that the light in the distance is Jesus, rather than seeming like an oncoming train. Whether in the guise of physical pain, grief or regret, all of which are real, we all experience days that echo Good Friday. Jesus never denied the reality of his suffering. Nor can we.
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will,” he prayed while his blood trickled down as sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane.
His suffering was real and overwhelming. Our suffering is, too!
But he is risen!
Easter is the light that chases away darkness. Jesus is the dawn in which women of the first Easter continued their good works after the grief-stricken Sabbath of Holy Saturday. Easter is the radiance of Jesus risen that caused his disciples to run toward the east that first Easter morning. Easter is glorious reality that is both now and in the future. Easter is the promise of new life, new strength, new hope.
As believers in Jesus, as disciples of Jesus, there is a light at the end of the tunnel of life. It is Jesus — who is the Light of and for the world. The light of Jesus guides us to him. It shows us the path he has called us to follow. Like him, we bear the scars of Good Friday. Like him, we glory in the light of a new day.
He is risen! And, by his grace, so are we!
Together with Bishop Waltersheid and Bishop Winter, I wish you all an Easter full of Light.
Grateful for the risen Jesus and for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh