He is standing there and we do not recognise Him. Not until he calls us by name: “Mary” (or John, Susan, Gregory, Jennifer, David), do our eyes open and we recognise Him as the Risen Lord. And with Mary we fall down and glorify Him, professing our faith with that one word “Rabboni” (John 20:16). And He immediately sends us out to proclaim the Good News (the eu-angelion) to the others, to those waiting behind.
Isn’t this our mission as Ordinariate Christians, to be part of the New Evangelisation, witnessing to the world what we have recognised in our own meeting with the Risen Jesus? He is Lord indeed, “Surrexit Dominus vere”! He who is Love has suffered out of solidarity with us, has conquered death for us and has redeemed us of all sin. That is the Eu-angelion!
This Easter we Ordinariate Expats would like to wish you, your communities and your families every blessing. We wish you the eye-opening encounter with the Risen Christ, the conviction of Mary and the dynamism necessary to go out and proclaim the Good News.
We hope and pray that your communities will continue to prosper and to grow, and that those Ordinariate communities currently without a pastor and who are staying together as groups through the courage and perseverance of the lay members will be given a full-time priest as soon as feasible.
Please allow us to remind you again of our Ordinariate support group for expatriates living either temporarily or permanently in mainland Europe, who are either Ordinariate members or are interested in the Ordinariate. We should be grateful if you could think of us should any of your members be moving over to the Continent. Please make them aware of our website https://ordinariateexpats.wordpress.com and e-mail us their contact details, so that we can greet them and stay in touch while they are living here.
We now have a growing community of “friends of Ordinariate Expats”, who are natives of various European countries and are interested in supporting the Ordinariate movement. We have begun and hope to continue information visits in various European parishes. Our website has – by default – become the main collator of Ordinariate news and comment worldwide, and so perhaps you and your group members (especially those in the diaspora, who have only sporadic contact to a group) might be interested in accessing it from time to time to get some up-to-date information.
May God bless us all in this Easter season.
With best regards
and Fr. Scott Anderson OLW, spiritual director