Here we are, nearing the end of the Second Week of Easter, which we as a Catholic Church will celebrate for seven weeks. We sing triumphant “Alleluias” at Mass as we recount how Jesus appeared to his disciples, convincing even Thomas, the doubting one, that He had risen from the dead. We know of the sacrifice that God offered to His people to save them, to save us, from death and sin and we know the promise of eternal life because of this sacrifice. So how do we thank a God who loves so deeply that he would send his only Son to save us? How do we as Christians show our gratitude for the incredible gift of our Salvation?
It has been said many times, “We can never out-give God.”
There is nothing we could offer that would in any way compare to the gift of salvation that we received through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So as we accept the gift of eternal life, let us with joyful hearts show our gratitude for the abundant love that God has shown to us. Let us live in love, loving and caring for others the way Jesus loved and cared for us all.
Let us take time this Easter season to reflect on all of the blessings in our lives. To be sure, there are hardships as well and we have the promise from Jesus that He will always be with us as we work to overcome them. But we must also be deliberate in living as a people of God who are abundantly grateful for the gift of life and love that was shown to us in Jesus Christ. How incredibly tragic it would be if we were not to acknowledge with grateful hearts the gift Jesus gave!
So think about these questions: Am I grateful to God for salvation and eternal life? Having accepted this incredible life-giving gift, do I show my gratitude to God in the way I live? Do I share the love I have been given in such a way that others might come to know Jesus Christ? Do people witness in me a gratefulness and joy that reflects the magnitude of the gift of salvation?
Let us be a people of joy this Easter. Let us live as an Easter people; blessed, saved and filled with abundant gratitude!
Peace and joy in the Risen Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
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