Reflections of God's Goodness
In a few short weeks we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it and be glad." Psalm 118:24
Already, Easter decorations, bunnies and eggs, candy and more are readily available everywhere. Where can we find evidence that this celebration, this feast of Resurrection, makes a difference?
What kind of difference does it make for you?
Our world is filled with news of wars, division, dishonestu, and deceit. Our TV screens often portray the unimaginable suffering of people just like us, which can leave us reeling with uncertainty. The challenge of Easter is to live in resurrection. Jesus promised us:
"And behond, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Yes, Jesus is alive! He is risen!
He walks with us every day, and He reminds us that He has overcome death, darkness, and sin.
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you... For I, the Lord, am your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior."
Trust in Him. Paul tells us that we have victory and not for just a moment in time. He encourages us to keep at our work for the Lord, knowing it is not in vain.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
God is faithful, powerful, and willing. There is no need for us to give in to doubt or fear. Instead, proclaim the Resurrection!
"We are an Easter people and 'Alleluia' is our song." preached St. Augustine of Hippo in the uncertain times in which he lived. He added, "Let us sing here and now in this life, even though we are oppressed by various worries, so that we may sing it one day in the world to come, when we are set free from all anxiety." (Archbishop Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami)
Happy Easter to you and your family. May your Easter celebrations bring you closer to the Risen Christ and to each other.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN