“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.
The Christian community is sent out into the world on a mission that will lead, ultimately, back to the Father’s house. It is also a mission fraught with risk. As the Christian world celebrated the Paschal Mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection into glory of Jesus Christ and the central mystery of our faith, the resilience of the Christian body in two very different parts of the world has been severely tested these last few days.
The first incident was the disastrous fire which destroyed much of the roof of the Cathedral of Our Lady (Notre Dame) of Paris. The second, far graver incident was the slaughter of more than 300 persons in a wave of bombings in Sri Lanka, most of whom were worshippers at Easter services.