Bishop Monforton 2017 Easter
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” and when he and said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (Jn. 20: 21-23)
Jesus’ words to the apostles are of immense and eternal hope consequent of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. Jesus imparts upon them the gift of the Holy Spirit entrusting them with the responsibility to share God’s compassionate and merciful love. This commissioning follows Jesus’ Resurrection and the Church is given the task to love and to forgive as Jesus loves and forgives. As Christians we are instruments of God’s peace. May you and your family have a blessed Easter time.