Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Apr 2017
This year Archbishop Anthony sat down with some young people from the Archdiocese of Sydney to find out what Easter means to them.
The Archbishop asked them how they stay hopeful in the face of the many challenging situations we encounter in the world today. He recalled that the disciples were at a similar age to them and by the end of holy week they were disenchanted and disillusioned by the violence and devastation of what had happened to Jesus. They were lost.
How do we maintain our hope?
The young panel responded with personal examples of what it means to be an Easter people.
Cormac McCaughan a 23 year old father said "Being a young dad, you've got chores to do, the never-ending battle of putting an eight month old to sleep, and in that moment I can often feel just frustrated".
"But when viewed from the context of the ultimate meaning of life it's just filled with so much more meaning knowing that there is a hope that comes from the promise of what Jesus has done."
Monica Bautista, 24 years old said "The resurrection for me gives me a sense of meaning in suffering, so there's always that light to know that even if you're going through a hard time, there is the resurrection. It might not take three days, but it's in God's will and plan".
"Easter gives me hope because it's proof of Heaven, and it reminds me that I'm more than what I earn or what car drive or what clothes I wear" said 29 year old Laura Cain, a digital media manager. "Easter is proof that there's more to life than just the now."
"It's also a reminder to forgive" said Laura. "If I don't forgive and my heart is hard it puts me in the Easter tomb, almost creates a prison for myself. Forgiveness is a way to set yourself free."
Tony Mattar, a 25 year old university worker said "deep down within us we long for something that's out of this world. Seeing the resurrection happen over 2000 years ago, yet we still celebrate it in 2017 must mean that there's got to be something supernatural that transcends our minds and thoughts to get us out of this materialistic world that we're living in."
The Archbishop was grateful for the opportunity to spend time with the panel of young people before Holy Week and was inspired by their reflections. He thanked them, gave them Easter eggs and wished them a very blessed and fruitful Easter.
At the end of the message he recalled his suffering of the life-threatening condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome and thanked those who prayed for his recovery and the wonderful care of the professionals that helped him during that time.
The Archbishop said "It has been a very personal foretaste of resurrection for me. I pray that there will likewise be experiences of healing and new life, whether physical, psychological or spiritual, for all those in need, in our families and communities this Easter".
Read the Archbishop's full Easter message here.