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Lent – Easter: Hope overpowers fear

April 13, 2022

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for the season of Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

Weliweli ihola hoʻi lākou, a kūlou ihola ke alo i ka lepo; ʻī maila lāua iā lākou, “No ke aha lā ʻoukou e ʻimi ai i ka Mea ola i waena o ka poʻe make? “ʻAʻole ʻo ia ma ʻaneʻi; akā, ua ala aʻe nei ia. – Luka 24:5-6a

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” He is not here; he has risen! – Luke 24:5-6a

He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Hawaiʻi Kahu Manu Naeole KSK’96

Bishop Memorial Chapel is equipped with hallways, and stairways, and rooms hidden in the recesses of the chapel. One day I left the main office through the front door. Our office administrator had seen me leave the office. Upon returning, I thought about entering through a different door, one which was out of the view of the office administrator. There was potential fright had I chosen the different door. The office administrator had seen me exit one way then to hear rumbling in my office space without seeing me return could put a jolt of fear inside of her, the fear of the unexpected.

Three days after Jesus’ death some women gathered spices and made their way to Jesus’ tomb. They had expected to find Jesus’ body in the tomb. They find the stone rolled away, and the body of Jesus is not there. “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground.” They are told, “He is not here; He has risen.” The women had become victims of the fear of the unexpected. The womenʻs fear of the unexpected is met by overpowering hope because Jesus still lives. He has risen.

The fright of the women is a common human experience for us all. There is much in our world that continues to fill us with fear. It could be the sudden fright of someone walking in the wrong door, or the more consistent fright and concern of what the future holds, or the daily worry of working in a demanding job, or constant challenge of raising good and industrious children. All frights and fears of today, just as with the women at the tomb almost two thousand years ago, is met with overpowering hope because Jesus still lives. Ua ala aʻe nei ia. Amene!

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