By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | April 20, 2003 1:25 PM
In his Easter Message to his people, the Bishop of Manchester, John McCormack, calls for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, pointing to how the risen Christ was reconciled to the disciples who had abandoned Him.
It is a remarkable thing to see Scripture used in this way. To the best of our knowledge, no one in the Upper Room on Easter Sunday afternoon thought there was any reason to call for the resignation of Jesus as Messiah and Lord. Christ had been the One sinned against, not the sinner, as His disciples forsook Him and fled.
With one act, generous but also sensible, John McCormack could further reconciliation in his diocese -- resignation. Instead, he puts the whole thing on his People: there should be forgiveness and reconciliation, and it's their job. It must be a weighty responsibility to realize that you are absolutely essential for the continuance of the Church.
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