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Bishop’s Column

An Easter Message

April 1, 2024


Dear CMA Members and Friends,


Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, the day he conquered death and rose gloriously from the tomb. Descending all the way down to the underworld, Jesus demonstrated his dominion over death and the utter defeat of sin. Our God is a living God, death cannot hold him, and he promises the same gift of life to all of us who follow him. There is nothing that can keep him away from us, not even death itself.

As we enter now into the liturgical season of Easter, we realize the profound truth of his permanent presence and abiding love for us, and the reality of his sweet words: “I will not leave you orphans.” Jesus remains with us, even to this day. Joining this truth to the Gospel accounts during the Octave of Easter, we see that the disciples recognized Jesus’s presence with them in the Breaking of the Bread: The Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the fulfillment of this promise, of his desire to remain always within our sight. The Eucharist is our constant encounter with our Risen King, the place where the eyes of our heart are opened, the place where we find strength to follow him and where we obtain our share in his victory over sin and death. This is why the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our spiritual life with the Risen Lord.

It is my hope and prayer that during this Easter Season, as we journey together through the Eucharistic Revival, that you may encounter the Risen Christ in the Eucharist, just as the disciples did on the road to Emmaus. May you be strengthened to live more courageously, convicted with joy in the great gift of our Faith: Jesus is alive, death and sin have no mastery over us, and we are now sharers in the promise of Eternal Salvation.


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Rev. James D. Conley, D.D.

Episcopal Advisor