'The Lord is with all Haitians,' Bishop Duracin says in Easter message

April 4, 2010

Nearly three months after a magnitude-7 earthquake decimated wide swaths of Haiti and destroyed much of the infrastructure of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin said his Easter homily that "The Lord is with all Haitians."

"We can no longer continue to look for Jesus among the dead (Luke 24:5), we can no longer remain in tears because of our dead, because, if during their earthly life, they knew love, their place is in the Kingdom with the Lord to reign with Him in His eternal glory," Duracin said.

The complete English and French texts of Duracin's homily, which was read in every Haitian Episcopal Church congregation on Easter morning, are below.

Additional ENS coverage of Easter in Haiti will follow.

 


 

EASTER MESSAGE 2010
Msgr. Jean Zach
é Duracin
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti

"Alleluia, He is risen"

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, does not stop us from singing in joy and gladness, "Alleluia, He is risen" in this Easter season. We have been especially affected this Lent as the awful odors from the many bodies have invaded us and invaded us again. As we reflect on biblical themes such as repentance, conversion, forgiveness, we remember as well a relative, a friend, one who was close to us, all of whom, in most cases, were denied funeral ceremonies where we could say goodbye with human dignity. Thus, crossing the desert has been and still is long and extremely difficult. With millions of people without proper shelter, without work, living in desperate conditions, the situation is truly lamentable.

However, it is necessary that life continue. This is indeed why we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. His resurrection is a sign that God can give life even to dry bones (Ezekiel 37:3-6). God is a God of life, a life that flows from his love for humanity, a love that is embodied in his Son Jesus Christ. The Gospel according to St. John tells us: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). If in ancient times, Easter means the passage from slavery in Egypt to the promised land of Israel, in Jesus Christ, it signifies instead the passage from death to life. We have this symbolism in the administration of our baptism into Him where we die with Him in our sins, to be resurrected with Him in glory. This greeting is what he came to bring us from the Father.

By celebrating Christmas, we say welcome in our heart, in our body, in our soul and in our mind. This is the way we say, "The Lord is with all Haitians." As it is written in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10:34-36, "Peter spoke up and said: 'Now I truly understand that God shows no partiality. In every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. He sent a message to the people of Israel, the Good News of the peace of Jesus Christ who is Lord of all.'"

Even though we are in trouble, we are not alone. We have to put our faith in action so that the Lord can come deliver us, because he is not far from us, he is in us and he is among us. He is suffering with us, so he can lift us up to rejoice. So we have to be just, we have to love one another, in solidarity, in fraternity, with respect for each other and with respect for our environment, for we cannot destroy God's marvelous creation. For God can take pleasure in us, and his life can grow in us and for us, for all time. We don't have to kill one another, or do bad things to each other. On the contrary, the stronger must lend a hand to the one who is weaker and return respect so that we all can move on to rebuild our country, so we can develop societally, spiritually and morally. This is the salvation in Jesus Christ where life is abundant.

Dear friends in the faith, we can no longer continue to look for Jesus among the dead (Luke 24:5), we can no longer remain in tears because of our dead, because, if during their earthly life, they knew love, their place is in the Kingdom with the Lord to reign with Him in His eternal glory. Our main prayer for this season must be this: "God Almighty, by the victory of your only Son over death, you open for us the doors to eternity; we pray to you, as we celebrate with joy the day of the resurrection of the Lord, that your Spirit, which gives life, resurrects us from the death of sin. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."

While we all sing together, "Alleluia, He is risen," I say to each and every one of you: A Joyous Easter.

 


 

MESSAGE DE PÂQUES 2010
Mgr. Jean Zach
é Duracin
Ev
êque du Eglise Episcopal d'Haiti

"Alléluia, Il est ressuscité"

Frères et Soeurs en Christ,

Le terrible tremblement de terre du 12 Janvier 2010, ne nous empêche pas de chanter dans la joie et l'allégresse, "Alléluia, Il est ressuscité" en cette saison de pâques. Nous avons eu en effet cette année un Carême spécial où les odeurs noséabondes de nombreux cadavres nous envahissaient et nous envahissent encore. Pendant que nous réfléchissions sur des thèmes bibliques comme repentance, conversion, pardon, nous nous souvenions aussi d'un parent, d'un ami, d'un proche, qui dans la plupart des cas, n'a pas eu droit à des cérémonies funéraires où nous pourrions leur dire: au revoir dans toute la dignité humaine. Ainsi, la traversée du désert a été et est encore longe et extrêmement difficile. Avec des millions de gens sans abris propres, sans travail, vivant dans des conditions désespérées, la situation est vraiment lamentable.

Cependant, il faut que la vie continue. C'est pourquoi d'ailleurs, nous célébrons la résurrection du Christ. Sa résurrection est un signe que Dieu peut redonner vie même à des ossements desséchés ( Ez 37:3-6). Dieu est un Dieu de vie, une vie qui découle de son amour pour l'humanité; un amour qui est concrétisé en son Fils Jésus Christ. L'Evangile selon St Jean nous dit: " Dieu a tellement aimé le monde qu'Il a donné son Fils unique afin que quiconque croit en Lui ne périsse point, mais ait la vie éternelle" (Jn 3:16). Si dans les temps anciens, pâque signifait passage de l'esclavage d'Egypte à la terre promise d'Israël, en Jésus Christ elle signifie plutôt passage de la mort à la vie. Nous avons ce symbolisme dans l'administration de notre baptême en Lui où nous mourons avec Lui dans nos péchés, pour ressusciter avec Lui dans la gloire. C'est ce salut qu'il était venu nous apporter de la part du Père.

En le célébrant à la Noël, nous lui disons bienvenue dans notre Coeur, dans notre Corps, dans notre âme et dans notre pensée. Sé nan sans sa-a nou di " Gran Mèt la avek nou tou an tan ké haitien. Men sa ki ekri nan travay apòt yo ch.10:34-36 " Pierre prit alors la parole et dit: Maintenant je comprends vraiment que Dieu n'avantage personne. Tout être humain quelle que soit sa nationalité, qui le respecte et fait ce qui est juste lui est agréable. Il a envoyé son message au peuple Israël la bonne nouvelle de la paix par Jésus Christ qui est le Seigneur de tous les hommes".

Men-m lè nou nan kalamité men nou pa poukont nou, fòk nou fè fwa nou aji pou gran Mèt la vinn délivré nou paské li pa loin nou, li nan nou é li nan mitan nou, lap soufri avek nou, pou-l ka rémonté avèk nou nan la jwa. Men sèlman tou, fòk nou fè sa ki juste, fòk nou aji nan lanmou youn pou lòt, nan solidarité, nan fraternité, nan respè youn pou lòt é nan respè anvironmam nou, Pou nou pa détwi mèvèy kréasyon an. Pou Bondye ka pran plézi nan nou, é pou lavi li ya ka gèmen nan nou é pou nou, pou tout tan, fòk youn pa vlé ap touyé lòt, ap fè lòt la sa ki mal. Okontrè fòk sak pi fò bay la min a sak pi fèb nan yon respè réciprok pou nou tout ka lévé maché pou-n réconstwi peyi nou, pou-n ka dévelopé socialement, spirituellement et moralement. Et c'est cela, le salut en Jésus Christ où la vie doit être abondante.

Chers amis dans la foi, de même que nous ne devons plus continuer à chercher Jésus parmi les morts, (Luc 24:5), nous ne devons plus rester dans les pleurs à cause de nos morts, car, si au cours de leur vie terrestre, ils savaient aimer, leur place est dans le Royaume avec le Seigneur pour régner avec Lui dans sa gloire éternelle. Notre prière principale pour cette saison doit être alors: "Dieu Tout-Puissant, par la victoire de ton Fils unique sur la mort, tu nous ouvres les portes de l'éternité; nous t'en prions, puisque nous célébrons dans la joie, le jour de la résurrection du Seigneur, que ton esprit qui donne la vie, nous ressuscite de la mort du péché. Par Jésus Christ notre Seigneur, qui vit et règne avec toi dans l'unité du St Esprit, un seul Dieu maintenant et toujours.

Pendant que nous chantons ensemble " Alléluia, Il est ressuscité," je dis à vous tous et à vous toutes : Joyeuses Pâques.