Can we? President Bernie Reflects on Easter

As long as I can remember, I have loved music and a good story. Both can get through to my deepest fears and inspire my loftiest dreams.

Last weekend I enjoyed some time away on Vancouver Island. My wife and I attended a special performance, Peace Meal, by Russ Rosen and Justyn Rees where they weave music and story into a captivating take on Easter.

The play starts with a table of 12 men and their leader, their “boss”, sharing a meal. The Easter story unfolds, from that meal to the boss’s crucifixion and astounding resurrection. And once through it all, we find a few of these men left pondering on what just happened. The conversation was that of a bunch of regular guys sitting around wondering what the boss wants them to do.

I won’t tell you everything and ruin the play for you, but it touched me. Especially by its focus on Peter, Thomas, and Judas.

I completely related to each of the three characters. Sometimes I’m like Judas, simply out to do my own thing with a short-sighted goal in mind. Sometimes I feel like Peter, defender of the faith, wanting to fight back the world’s injustices. Sometimes I’m even like Thomas, just not sure and asking “could this really be?” 

Perhaps you too have moments like these.

I found myself laughing and even tearing up with each man’s interactions with their boss. Real people confronted with their own limitations. Not unlike myself. Not unlike the families, churches, and leaders Food for the Hungry (FH) walks with.

The men, women, and children in communities around the world feel the same way. Facing intimidating limitations and obstacles they are unsure if they are brave or smart enough to move toward a thriving future. I’ve seen it. That is the biggest hurdle in overcoming poverty – not knowing how to, but believing we can.

It was one of the final moments of the play that made me pause. Peter’s character speaks out (and I’ll paraphrase), “Now that I look back, the boss was only about one thing: loving your neighbour… But I don’t think I can actually, fully do it; I can’t do it.”
But then the boss chimes in, “I know… But what if I am with you to do it.” 

At the end of the play he tells his companions that they will suffer setbacks, but they too can overcome.

It struck me. It starts with togetherness. Loving your neighbour, near and far.

Walking away from the play, I was reminded of hope. The world is full of suffering, but also of people overcoming it. We may be limited by selfishness, failed passion, or doubts. But because of what Easter means, we can together combat the obstacles many developing communities face.   

Happy Easter - every obstacle can be overcome!

In faith, with hope,

Bernie Willock
President & CEO

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Last Easter, I shared a reflective letter Why Christian? An Easter Letter From President Bernie. It's been a helpful piece over the past year. During one of the biggest Christian holidays, we get questions. So, what does it mean  that Food for the Hungry (FH) Canada is a Christian Non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on international development? Check it out



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Food for the Hungry: Can we? President Bernie Reflects on Easter
Can we? President Bernie Reflects on Easter
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