Rector of Cathedral Basilica says message of Easter is universal

Mark Abrams
April 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- On this Easter Sunday, the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia insists while many believe today's observance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is just for Christians, it's actually a gift for all people.

Father Dennis Gill says God loves all people in the world and demonstrated that love by sending his son to save all.

"Many people do think that Easter is just for Christians, but the gift of Jesus is for all of us," Gill said "When Jesus died on the cross, he died for every single person in every time, everywhere. And if that's true, he rose for every single person, in every time, everywhere."

He says everything that happened to Jesus is eternal, so his resurrection is - not was.

"Right now, today, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead," Gill said. "And this invites us to believe in him, to come to appreciate the reality of this gift, that this gift is present to us now."

Reflecting on the attention the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in France brought to Catholicism and an icon of faith, Gill believes there may have been some divine providence at work.

"I don't think it was coincidental, as tragic as it was, that we had that fire on Monday of Holy Week," Gill said. "It was a great reminder to Catholics and Christians and to people everywhere that what dies will rise in Christ."

Gill says the Easter celebration is one of hope for all because the message of love it brings is universal.