E A S T E R _Our hope and our path to joy
THERE IS NO DEATH WHEN WE PUT OUR TRUST IN HIM
Because Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas, the Easter season continues on for 50 days, through the Ascension of Our Lord to Pentecost Sunday, seven full weeks after Easter Sunday! 50 days to contemplate the joy that Jesus brought, the hope for a better life with Him. The hope that we are not on our own to muddle through this mess we’ve got ourselves in.
When we surrender to the grace of God, He will help us. This doesn’t mean that pain will end, that problems won’t come, that death won’t touch us. But THAT EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH WILL PASS. Everything that GOD HAS PROMISED WILL COME TO US. EVERYTHING with God’s stamp on it will be easier to endure, easier to cope with, easier to resolve.
Isn’t that why God gave us His Son Jesus, to lead us all to the Heavenly Father???? That’s where God wants us, that’s where we belong with our Father in heaven.
So, I say, shake off the blues, sorrow, hopelessness and believe in the one who is greater than this world and everyone or everything in it.
I can’t understand why many don’t aspire to this? It’s not that the alternative is better, it might leave you with some instant gratification but then comes the aftermath- the self pity, regret, hurt and destruction that the sin first enticed you with.
As St. John Chrysostom reminds us .. “Christ has destroyed death, and now is the feast of faith.”
At this time of the year I like to listen to Handel’s Messiah_ “If God be for us”
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JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat 3 times- traditional catholic prayer)
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. (traditional catholic prayer)
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