Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
On Palm Sunday, Fr. Phil asked us to listen to what God has to say to us this Holy Week in a new way. I hope that you have heard and encountered God this week, whether it be in one or more of the liturgies we’ve celebrated, or in your personal prayer and reflection.
In our busy lives,…..we often fail to take this time for reflection and discernment. And so we lose our way. Our lives become a series of disconnected events, and all we worry about is getting the next task done. Without a discipline of reflection and discernment, our lives can lack identifiable vision and purpose. It comes easy to get sidetracked spending energy on things that aren’t all that important, or worse, harmful to ourselves or others.
The beauty of the Resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate today is that it provides a very concrete vision for our lives. Filled with the grace of hope and faith from this Sunday (and, truly, every Sunday, as each Sunday is mini-Easter in and of itself), we are better equipped to go out and proclaim the Good News, to changes lives, and to transform the world. And filled with the grace of the love of the Cross, that our Lord was willing to give his life for ours, we know that we will one day be reunited with him and our faithful brothers and sisters after we leave this mortal life.
The journey of a disciple is often difficult and tricky to navigate. But it is a path of joy. Not the instant gratification that seems to be more and more valued by our modern world. But the joy of being on a mission, always striving and working to attain that ultimate vision of potential for our world and our own soul.
God calls us to be our best selves. I pray that this Easter has given us renewed grace to enter into a cycle of continual reflection, discernment, and action, so that it is always God leading our journey.
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– Jeff Rice, Pastoral Associate of Liturgy & Music