CPG Easter Message 2021 by National Chaplain Fr Barry Lomax
Last Easter we were immersed in a national lockdown that closed our churches and suspended the sacraments. After over 12 months of being enclosed in our various bunkers, we are slowly now emerging from the darkness of Covid-19, as more and more of us have received the vaccination, that will hopefully in time, set us free once more. Sadly, the deadly silent enemy that stopped the world in its tracks, has not been completely beaten, but there is light emerging at the end of what has seemed for many, a long tunnel, and our way of life resumes once more, all be it as the Preface for the Mass for the dead reminds us: “changed, not ended”. This time of pandemic has not been too dissimilar from the season we now celebrate, Easter. A time when we look to new life coming from the darkness of pain, suffering and death. For those first disciples, locked away in their bunkers in fear of the Jews, the light extinguished on a “green hill far away”, seemed a dim and distant memory of what might have been. But as the days followed and the appearances of the risen Lord became real, hope once more prevailed. In the darkness of these times, the assurance of resurrection gives us all cause for hope in the future. And so, as the psalmist reminds us: “This day was made by the Lord we rejoice and are glad”. On behalf of the Catholic Police Guild of England & Wales, may I wish you all a very blessed and joyful Easter. ALLELUIA!
Fr. Barry Lomax, The National Chaplain.