Because we've been called together, we are a people of celebration, but in our celebrations there is always a note of sadness because not all the people in our world are celebrating. Not everyone is rejoicing. Many today are being crucified in prisons and hospitals, or just downtown in the slum areas. Many people are lonely and in pain. Along with the celebration that rises from a community of thanksgiving, there is a note of pain but also a note of hope. We have been drawn together by God to be a sign of the resurrection and a sign of unity in this world where there is so much division and inner and outer death.