Easter Reflections – This too will pass – the Sun is always shining!

This is the text of the Easter Sunday homily delivered by Padre Gary Stone to the Runaway Bay Catholic community on 3 Apr 2021.

I would imagine if you were coming into an Easter service never having been to church before, you might be a little overwhelmed by now.  There’s no doubt that what we’ve heard is an extraordinary story. It almost too good to be true. But it is true and it is Good.  It’s the greatest story ever told. And for us it’s a story that gives us HOPE, no matter what challenges or difficulties we face.

Jesus’s life involved all the elements of life that we face: struggle, betrayal, suffering and even dying, perhaps physical but more often relational or emotional but that dying leads to new life. Friends Jesus story is our story too, a continuous cycle of life, struggle, dying and new life, which all the while makes us more resilient and hopeful and fruitful.