Monsignor Rupert, representative of the Diocese of Scranton to the Scranton Area Ministerium, extends best wishes to our Jewish brothers and sisters as they begin the celebration of Passover.
Monsignor Rupert states: "As Catholics, we owe a great deal to the Jewish roots of our faith and we join with our Jewish brothers and sisters in celebrating the great feast of Passover. This holiday celebrates the liberation of the Chosen People from the oppression of slavery.
It is important to remember that this feast does not simply recall the past. Its celebration and rituals are an ever-present reminder that in all times and places, God calls his people to deepen their personal commitment to him in the name of justice as we seek to aid those most troubled in our world.
Especially in the time of a pandemic, as our circumstances challenge us, it can be easy to fear that evil may triumph. Let us look to the passage from exodus which reminds us, that, with heavenly assistance, our fears will be answered and we will be delivered.
As you begin this great feast, I ask God to bless you and your loved ones abundantly and I repeat with you the psalm of the paschal Hallal: 'O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever. Let Israel say: His steadfast love endures forever. Let those who fear the Lord say, His steadfast love endures forever.'" (Psalm 118:1-4)