A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
Still Celebrating Easter!
May 6, 2017
As Christians we celebrate Easter for seven weeks – 50 days! – This year until June 4th. However, it seems we lose sight of the celebration of new life a week or two after Holy Week as we take down our Easter decorations and try as we might to rid our homes of the Easter grass that tends to linger. We would do well to take time during these 50 days to reflect on the great gift that has been given us in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We live forever because He Lives Again!
We have been commissioned by our baptism to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Christ so that all who come to know and accept him can have life and have it abundantly. All that Jesus endured in his suffering and death was for us, for all the people of his time and for the people of all time, that through his sacrifice we would be forgiven of our sins and through the mercy of God, receive the gift of eternal life.
Until God calls us home to be with him eternally, we are meant to find joy in living here on earth and to share that joy as we live our Christian lives. We can spread the Good News of Jesus by living how he taught us; loving God, loving one another, reaching out to others, staying close to Jesus and his Father in prayer and in being generous to our brothers and sisters in need. It seems we are quite good at sharing material things like food and shelter, but we are also called to share our faith in Jesus Christ with those who may have not yet responded to God’s invitation to an abundant spiritual life. Sometimes those who are poor spiritually can be found in our own homes or within our family. Perhaps our own spiritual life needs some nurturing.
Whether for ourselves or others the best way to nurture spiritual life is to grow in our relationship with God; to listen to the Word and receive the Sacraments often, engage in daily prayer, take time to reflect upon the goodness of God that surrounds us and to grow in good loving relationships with others. When we grow in love with God and others we are assured of experiencing abundant life. To share life with others, whether family, friend or stranger, changes who we are. We become more of the person God intended we be; a person of love, a person of great charity and a person who understands the gift given to us in Jesus Christ.
Let us reflect on how we are living and together pray in thanksgiving to God for the abundant and joy-filled life he desires for us. And let us make every effort to share that joy and abundance with others!