Easter Message from Bishop of Diocese of Ballarat Paul Bird CSsR

There is a story told of a rabbi in ancient times who gathered his students together very early one morning, while it was still dark. He put this question to them: “How can you tell when night has ended and the day has begun?”

The students made a few suggestions but then the rabbi himself gave the answer: “It is when you look on the face of any man or woman and you see them as your brother or sister. If you cannot do that, then, no matter what time it is, it is still night.”

The gospel passage that is read on Easter morning begins: “It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb.” As the story unfolds in the gospels, night gives way to day and Mary recognises the figure of Jesus, risen from the dead.

Easter invites us to acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Teacher. Easter also invites us to recognise each person we meet as a brother or sister and treat them with kindness. If we can do that, the night is really over and the day has truly begun.

I offer my best wishes for Easter to all the staff of Centacare. In the way that you serve, you show that you recognise each person as a brother or sister. You show that the night is over and the dawn has come.