Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Message from His Holiness Bishop Rutherford I: A Beacon of Hope

By J. DuBois

ROME-RUTHENIA 31 March 2024 (NRom)

The Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia's annual Easter Blessing Ex Urbe this year was a profound reminder of hope and transformation. Through his words, a pathway to peace and brotherhood is illuminated. His Holiness Bishop Rutherford I, Papa-Catholicos of Rome-Ruthenia urged introspection for those lacking peace, highlighting the Church's supportive role in personal transformation. "If you are not at peace, then look inside yourself at your beliefs and change them. The Church is here to help," he said.  Moreover, at its core, the United Roman-Ruthenian Church's mission is to foster global harmony. The Supreme Pontiff's message reiterates this commitment, standing as a beacon for peace and brotherhood in the world. The complete text of the allocution is as follows: 


Christus resurgens est! Христос воскрес! Christ is risen! In a world rife with uncertainty and turmoil,  people today seem to be on a never-ending quest for meaning. Indeed, people often feel lost and shackled by the complexities of life. However, amidst the chaos, there is a beacon of hope and freedom that has been guiding humanity for two thousand years. It is the Faith of Christ. At the core of our religion is the belief that true liberation and hope can only be found in Christ, particularly through the profound mystery of the Resurrection, which we celebrate today and will celebrate again on the 5th of May. 

Remember, brethren, that Christianity offers a path to inner peace through introspection and transformation of beliefs, with the Church playing a pivotal role as a source of support, for the Church stands as a testament to the ideals of peace and brotherhood. If you are not at peace, then look inside yourself at your beliefs and change them. The Church is here to help. 

At the heart of the doctrine of the faith is a promise that transcends the chains of worldly existence—freedom in Christ. This concept is not about physical liberation but rather a profound spiritual awakening that liberates us from sin, despair, and ultimately, death. The Resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of this belief, offering not just a glimpse but a concrete hope in life beyond this world, a life of eternal peace and joy in the presence of God.

The message of the Resurrection is powerful; it tells us that the trials and tribulations of life are temporary, and in Christ we have the victory over them. It is a message that particularly resonates with anyone who has felt the weight of suffering and seeks a reason to hope, for in our suffering, we united ourselves to Christ on the Cross. Yet, whatever our life path has been or will be, the Resurrection assures us that our struggles are not in vain and that in embracing Christ, we embrace a freedom far beyond the confines of our earthly limitations.

Let us consider also that inner peace is a state coveted by many but achieved by few. It is a journey that begins with a critical look at oneself, particularly one's beliefs. Our beliefs shape our thoughts, actions, and ultimately, our realities. When we are not at peace, it often signals a discord between our internal beliefs and the reality we live in. The key to resolving this is a willingness to introspect and adapt these beliefs. The Christian faith, through the teaching authority of the Apostolic Church, provides a framework for this introspection, for the faith teaches the inner peace, calm, and tranquility only comes through Christ. Thus we must examine our lives through the lens of the teachings of Christ and make necessary adjustments. This process is not about self-judgment but about aligning oneself more closely with the principles of love, forgiveness, and grace. The Church in her teaching authority is a community that offers guidance, support, and encouragement through this journey of self-reflection and growth. For those struggling to find peace and balance, look within, evaluate your beliefs, and never hesitate to seek the Church's timeless wisdom. It is a journey that can lead to profound transformations, bringing one closer to a state of peace that transcends understanding, for, once again, such a peace can only come through Christ.

Next, on this Paschal feast, We reiterate the United Roman-Ruthenian Church's commitment to the ideal of worldwide Christian unity and brotherhood, not just in words but in deeds. Through our various outreach programs, dialogues for peace, and other efforts, the Church actively works towards creating a world where love triumphs over hate, and unity over division. 

In a world in which governments and people talk so much about freedom and peace, the teachings of Christ offer a path forward. That path acknowledges our struggles but promises a victory in Christ. It is a journey that calls for introspection and transformation of beliefs; and a mission that seeks to unite us in love and peace.

The United Roman-Ruthenian Church, along with the broader Christian community, stands ready to guide and support all who embark on this journey. Remember that it is a journey not just towards personal liberation and peace but towards a world that reflects the kingdom of God—where love, peace, and brotherhood triumph, and our Lord Jesus Christ reigns supreme. In embracing this path, we find true hope for the world.