As we pass the middle of yet another month and take a look, more than one quarter of the year is already behind us. And in the season of Easter which our Church will celebrate until Pentecost on May 20th – some 50 days after Easter – I wonder how we Christians are doing in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Or, have we even given that much thought?
No doubt, life is busy. It seems the older I get the faster it goes and many people share that same sentiment, including my Mother who warned me of that many years ago. At times it seems as though life is slipping away and I long for some quiet time to take it all in. To do so means that I must be deliberate in setting time aside, time for myself to assess where I am at physically, emotionally and even more importantly spiritually. When was the last time you took such an inventory?
What do you most enjoy in life? What do you struggle with? How are you caring for yourself physically? Do you make or take time to be with your spouse or with friends that mean much to you? How do you relax and regenerate? And perhaps most importantly, for this is where we will find our strength to live life; how often do you spend time in prayer?
Often in our lives we find ourselves wondering, sometimes searching for that special something that will renew our
joy and happiness. Life can become overwhelming at times with work and school and family, caring for our homes and planning futures for ourselves and our children. Many add to that caring for loved ones who are dealing with illness or concerned about finances or finding the right job. So how do we get through all of this and appreciate the goodness and blessings in life?
The answer is complex. It is not easy. However, as Christians, we know the blessing of taking time to be with God to sort out our lives, to find rest from worry, to be renewed in strength and courage. We need only to acknowledge our dependence upon God, for God is aware of our needs and waiting for us to come to him that
he might reassure us, blessing us with the grace we need to live life abundantly and with great joy. In celebrating the
Resurrection we are celebrating new life, new hope, and we are gifted with knowing how much God loves and cares for each and every one of us.
Be with us Lord, help us to find rest and renew our spirit that we might truly appreciate the gift and celebrate the joy of New Life in your Son, Jesus Christ.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC