ALBANY >> Before feasting on a traditional dinner Sunday afternoon, Catholics from around the Capital District and beyond traveled to Albany to spend Easter, the most sacred day of the liturgical year, with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger.
The pews were filled Sunday morning as hundreds of area Catholics gathered to commemorate Christs resurrection at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
was installed last April as the tenth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
, following Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, making Sundays holiday Scharfenbergers second since entering his
Like in years past, the historic cathedral was decked with Easter lilies and other colorful spring flowers for the occasion.
After hearing the Gospel narration of Jesus Christs resurrection from the dead, The first reaction is disbelief, Scharfenberger
homily, and its totally natural.
The bishop entertained the view of skeptics, noting that even at the time of occurrence, it wasnt immediately accepted that Christ has risen from the dead.
Dont assume that it was any easier to believe 2000 years ago, Scharfenberger
Even the apostles had trouble believing it at first.
But, Let yourself be challenged, Scharfenberger
urged the congregation.
The widespread story is seemingly inexplicable, Scharfenberger
Things are not always what they seem, he
There is mystery.
However, the easiest explanation is the one thats right there in the scriptures, Scharfenberger
told the crowd.
went on to say that Christians are courageous for believing in the resurrection.
Despite what others may think or say, There was something there.
There was something very real, he
Through believing in the miracle, Scharfenberger
has seen many become free from the fear of oppression, poverty and all that is broken in the world, he
All of the things that we love most are going to come back, Jesus promises us.
Like the resurrection, some see Christs promise as Too good to believe, perhaps, Scharfenberger
said, but, Gods dreams are always filled with surprises, he
Be prepared to be surprised again, he
ended the homily.
Church-goers then renewed their baptismal promises, renouncing Satan and all his
works, while reaffirming their belief in God, Christ being born of the Virgin Mary and His
resurrection from the dead.
urged attendees to go out into the world and proclaim the joyous news as they continued on with their day and year.