Dear Saint John Fisher Family,
Happy Easter! On this day we celebrate again full of joy that Jesus has risen. He who was crucified, died, and was buried now comes out victorious from death to life and in our church the words that the disciples said resonate, “It is true! The Lord has risen” (Lk 24:34).
After having spent forty days abstaining, fasting, praying, being charitable, we now rejoice with Jesus and rise with Him to a new life. We pass from sadness of seeing our friend die on the cross to the joy that He lives and is with us. The one who accepted our sins, our ailments, the one who faithfully fulfilled the will of the Father returns to us and gives us the hope of living fully together with Him. That Shepherd who cares day by day for his sheep, who attends to them, feeds them, looks for them when they’re lost, it is Jesus himself and we as his flock will not be without that voice that feeds us, calms us, guides us, and accompanies us. What joy! We are not like sheep without a shepherd…on the contrary, that Shepherd lives and lives for all eternity.
Now, brothers and sisters, the time has come to go out with joy to meet the one who is overwhelmed with problems, the one who is sick without hope of living, the one who is suffering from some loss, the one who is depressed without knowing where to go and bring the Love, that Jesus Resurrected, rich in mercy, forgiveness, peace, joy, hope and goodness is present in daily life. This is the time to be instruments of God to recognize him in all those who need us and that all the graces received during Lent and the Easter Triduum bear fruit of hope, strength, charity, consolation, and love, day by day, beginning in our families and our daily task- such as our work, studies, and parish service.
My brethren, my prayer for you and for me is that the light of the Risen Jesus always guides us along his path and that despite the difficulties and uncertainties that we may experience in our lives, we never forget that Christ is our peace and our refuge... May we always remember that our sufferings are transfigured in the light of the Risen One because where there was death there is now life, where there was mourning there is now joy…for Christ has defeated death!
May God Bless you always!
Father Luis Gutierrez
All that we do, all that we are, is for God's glory!
I have chosen "All for the Glory of God" as the theme for this year's Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) appeal. Your support of the DSF allows us, as one Archdiocesan family, to come together and glorify God through 60+ministries that serve those in need. Supporting the DSF makes these ministries possible.
This year, I have chosen to highlight San Jose Clinic, celebrating their centennial, which continues to provide life-saving care; the Office of Family Life Ministry, which provides over 50 programs that strengthen and help our families - the most critical unit of society; and the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry, through which we are able to accompany young Catholics, to help them grow in their faith, and to form them as Disciples of Christ.
Thank you for considering a one-time or monthly gift to the DSF this year. A little goes a long way when we all work together.
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