Happy Easter! Embrace the message of hope that Easter brings, live it and rejoice! Where there is hope, there is no despair.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”(1 Peter 1:3, RSVCE)
Yes, we have this living hope because through the resurrection of our Lord, we know that…
- There is life after death. Someday, we too will be raised to eternal life.
- Good triumphs over evil. Despite what you see in this world, the good will eventually prevail over evil. God is still and will always be in control.
- We are forgiven. If we confess and repent for our sins, He is faithful, merciful and just to forgive us our sins.
- No matter how sinful we are, we can have a new life, a new life in Christ. We always have the option to get out of the darkness into the light and He empowers us to do so.
Imagine how the apostles felt when Jesus died. Their hopes were shattered and they were afraid for their lives. Those 3 days must have been the darkest days of their lives. But the Lord rose from the dead and showed Himself to them. And those dark days turned into glory days!
The same with nature, after the winter comes the spring. The same with life. We encounter challenges and problems which seem to be insurmountable. Even our souls experience dark nights but as long as hope and trust in our almighty God are in our hearts, we rise above our problems, we conquer our fears and we move on from dark to light.
Like nature, let us keep our hope alive and effortless. Just look at the grass, it does not struggle to grow, it just grows. Just look at water, it just flows naturally around obstacles and always gets to where it’s going.
So the hope in our hearts should be as effortless as nature because hope is a gift freely given to us by God and the message of hope is right at the core of our Lord’s resurrection. Hope is as essential to living as the air we breathe.
So my friends, do not abandon yourselves to despair, keep the fire of hope burning in your hearts and as Pope John Paul II said, let us live as Easter people with Hallelujah as our song!