Greetings in Christ, all!
May God bless our Easter Season and fill us with love, faith and hope in the resurrection.
Our Easter Season continues…it lasts a bit longer than Lent. A good way to think of it is like Christmas: we celebrate it as a season, not a day or a week. We can hold fast to our belief in Jesus resurrection even when everything around us seems to be falling apart. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know that, in the words of The Apostle, we are “more than conquerors”.
I think that a good exercise for each of us in this Easter Season is to take our belief and apply it to the difficulties we encounter. When I hit hard times, I ask the Lord to help me do two things:
First, remember what he has gotten me through in the past. It’s fairly amazing how hard we have to work to remember these times, but it is important to. There were moments in your past where you wondered how you would ever get through it all, but here you are now, reading this article and God got you through. Scripture puts it this way: “I will remember the kindness of the Lord, his great and glorious deeds”. We need to remember these kindnesses of our God.
Second, we remember the resurrection. We hold in our hearts our abject conviction that Jesus rose bodily from the dead and that because of that, heaven is a possibility for each of us. The story of us ends well if we allow it and so there is nothing we will encounter that can take that away from us.
St. Therese tells us that, from the viewpoint of heaven, the entirety of our life on earth will seem like a night in “an inconvenient hotel”. I like that. Let’s pray that God bless us with the divine perspective.
I’m fired up for Bible Study this week! We are going to gather at St. Mary on the Lake Thursday after the 915 mass and begin a walk through the Beatitudes. Its one of my favorite Bible Studies and I hope to see you there…
I thank God every day for the joy of serving as your priest.