Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Promise of Salvation

Mary Magdalene was outside Jesus' tomb crying her heart out.  She was missing Jesus.  But unexpectedly, in an instant, the Lord was at her side.  She had to hear Him calling her name for her to recognize Him as Jesus, her teacher.  (John 20:11-18)

I recalled the times in my own life when I didn't have a personal relationship with Jesus.  It was a gloomy existence really.  I was at odds with the world though it didn't show.  I was just alive yet not really living.  When I met the Lord, He was my refuge, my hiding place and it was good to just hang out with Him and not have to deal with my issues with self and others.

But through time, He gave me the grace to enjoy the gift that people are - my family, friends, community.  Yet He still draws me deeper into Himself.

I pray that the Lord allow me to share His gift of His salvation to others so they may know the joy of His wondrous love.  That this gift is a promise not just to you but to your children and your children's children.

Nothing compares to "seeing the Lord" in my heart and in my life.  May I be able to share this gift to those far off and say "I have seen the Lord!"

Note:  These verses are taken from today's liturgical readings.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is not here, He is Risen!

What a beautiful, glorious day this is when Jesus whose love for us is beyond measure, conquered death and sin!  The joy of His glorious resurrection, no one can dispel!  Jesus has forever changed our lives!

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.

I wonder how it must have felt for the three women coming to honor Jesus' body.  I'm sure they had such heavy hearts and yet they would have thought this was one of the last things they can do out of love for Jesus.
2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3but when they went in they did not find the body.

Where is Jesus' body?  Where did they move my Lord?  Did someone steal it?
4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel;

Has anyone so beautiful and bright frightened you enough for you to want to stop looking at them?  Is it because their brilliance was too much to bear?  
5and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
7that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise."
8And they remembered his words,

How great is God's mercy to send forth His angels to announce Jesus' rising, to comfort His people in their time of mourning!  The angels appeared at Jesus' birth to announce His coming and angels too appear now at His rising and to announce the coming of the resurrected Jesus.
9and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
10Now it was Mary Mag'dalene and Jo-an'na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles;
11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.Luke 24:1-12

Despite our unbelief, Jesus still reveals Himself to us and shows us He is with us in manifold ways.
Why do you seek the living among the dead?

...Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:1-9

Oh death where is your sting? Now the tomb is empty. 
Oh death where is your victory, now that Jesus lives! 

Let us rejoice in our King who has given us the gift of eternal life!  In our place He took our sins of the past, present and future!  He has tore the veil, we can now enter into God's holy presence through Christ's sacrifice!

Praise and thank you Jesus!  


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