Easter 2007 Homily and audio Message
posted on 08 April 2007
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has delivered his homily for Easter and also recorded a special message for Easter 2007. The homily can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and the special message from the link immediately below.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s Easter message 2007
This Easter time, I've been thinking of all those places in the world where there's been trouble, violence and pain: Zimbabwe, Iran, the Middle East generally, Darfur and so many other places. But also I'm thinking of our own country here in Britain - where people may be troubled and have pain or suffering.
My Easter message is quite simple really, based on the fact that I believe that God is in our world and has come definitively in our world in Jesus Christ – and that God raised Him up from the dead, which shows that ultimately there is hope, there is meaning and there is victory.
My message, then, is first of all, Jesus' message when He rose from the dead and said, 'Peace be with you,' and I pray therefore and hope confidently for peace - peace in our hearts, peace in our homes and peace in our world. I pray particularly for peace in your own hearts and homes because it's out of that you generate peace to others.
My second message is again from the words of Jesus. He said to His disciples, 'Do not be afraid,' and that's my message to you. With all the troubles and challenges that you may face, do not be afraid because God is with you. He's with you through His Holy Spirit, He's with you through the example of His Son Jesus Christ, He's with you in the help of other people who generate in a wonderful way the spirit of God - so don't be afraid, have courage because in His Resurrection, in His new life, God in Jesus has overcome the world.
I wish you a very, very happy and holy Easter - may God bless you.
His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor