In his message for Easter 2018, Archbishop Smith reflects on the boundless joy we can experience through the Resurrection.

"I invite you to picture in your minds an image. This is something that we’ve all come across many times, I’m sure. It’s the image of a young child so happy, so filled with joy, that the child can’t keep it in  ̶  jumps around, hollers or shouts, sometimes just stands there shaking for joy. It’s a beautiful image, but it’s one that’s particularly instructive for us at the time of Easter. 

"When people gather for the Easter vigil, that ceremony begins with the solemn proclamation of the resurrection. We call it The Exsultet. It’s a summons to joy, and there’s a line referring to the church, saying ‘Let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.’ The point that’s being made there is that the joy that is ours at Easter, the joy that rises in our hearts when we hear once more the proclamation of the astounding truth that Jesus has risen from the dead, that joy is such that it fills us and actually reverberates outward.

This is the kind of joy that for many, many people today in the world, is a message that can be hard to understand, because our lives can be so easily filled with the opposite. We look around us and we see great suffering and great hardship, and it gives birth to sadness and sometimes to despair. Wherein then do we find the joy? Well, the joy that is ours at Easter comes from this wonderful truth that sin, evil and even death itself never have the last word. They never have the last word. The last word belongs to God, and His word is life   ̶  a life that was manifested in the most astounding way in raising Jesus from the dead. 

"When we allow through faith the power of His Resurrection to enter into our lives, that is what gives birth within us to a joy that we really cannot contain, that we can’t keep within. It’s a joy that reverberates, a joy that moves us outward, in joy-filled worship, in faithful witness before others. It moves us out of ourselves in acts of loving charity, especially toward those who are of dire need. This is the message of joy that is ours at Easter.

"My prayer for you and all of us at Easter is that this extraordinary proclamation that the Church gives through the Easter celebrations land in our hearts, touch our hearts, and transform our hearts, and so fill us with joy that we cannot keep it in, that we share with others the news that God has conquered sin and death and saved the world through Jesus, Our Risen Lord.