A joyful, joyful, joyful Easter to All!
Easter is not over. God wills that we be delighted in this most joyful season -- with his joy and peace. No reservations of willful desire of a God whose utmost concern is to love us immensely and to bless us to the fullest! It just depends on us. It depends on how open we are to the best of what this God has to offer. It depends on how willing we are to tread the ways he points us to when all we have is perhaps just a tiny flashlight. There even might not be a flashlight in our possession to help us see. It is possible there is only but a dim of light way up ahead, and we are to seek it, follow it. Are we willing to walk to that destination God calls us to? Am I willing to be driven by the Spirit to move inch by inch, step by step, to that distant glimmer of light?
Easter is never over! For Christ has died and already has risen: Jesus is risen from the dead! Just as New Year's Resolution is a way of life and not a promise to be fulfilled, Easter is a way of life as well. Easter is a joyful life movement of the mind, body, heart, and soul towards God. Easter is hope in action, a response to the living God who is glorified when we are active in the chosen vocation he brought us into -- be it marriage, singlehood, priesthood, or religious life. St. Irenaeus' "The glory of God is man fully alive" gives us the best clue of what living Easter joy is about.
What words do you have for us to glory in, Lord? Words to give us a brighter message of hope to live the gift of Easter joy we already possess within us? Philippians 4:4 speaks to our hearts: "Rejoice in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord always; I say, rejoice!" How exactly? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 gives us more clue: "Give thanks to God in all circumstances; for it is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
A great Easter way of Life to us all in Christ Jesus!
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