CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patrons at Sacred Heart Catholic Church pray during the church’s afternoon Good Friday service.
In recognition of Easter, local churches will be sharing sermons of remembrance, sacrifice and salvation and sustenance and joy in faith.
These messages will be given as Christians gather to share and recognize belief in the resurrection of Jesus more than 2000 years ago.
The following are portions of the sermons local pastors plan to share with their congregations:
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Bob Pullings, deacon
Pullings will be sharing an Easter homily with his congregation that is drawn from Luke 24:1-12.
Exploring belief in God and Jesus, Pullings addresses the doubt that some have when it comes to the Resurrection of Jesus and sees Easter as an opportunity to find faith.
“Easter is the key that unlocks our door of faith. It is central to everything else Jesus taught concerning himself and the Kingdom of God,” he said.
“We’re not much different than the first disciples. We, too may need some convincing, but at some point we understand that faith is all we need. We don’t need an open mind to accept the resurrection; we need an open heart. The empty tomb, the angels, the lilies, Mary’s encounter with Jesus, the testimony of Peter, and indeed the existence of the Church itself for the past two thousand years; all of these things give us the greatest cause to rejoice and can only help to increase our faith.”