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An Easter Reflection

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that every­one who believes in him might not per­ish but might have eter­nal life. — Jn 3:16

Why do you seek the liv­ing one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. - Lk 24:56

Faith is the real­iza­tion of what is hoped for and evi­dence of things not seen. — He 11:1

Happy Easter!

There have been three images that come to mind for me when I think about Easter. The first occurred twenty years ago, when I cel­e­brated my first Easter as a father. I was famil­iar, or course, with the famous John 3:16 verse, but it wasn’t until my own son was born that I was able to under­stand the depth of love that would be required to make such a sac­ri­fice. All of you who are par­ents can I’m sure relate to that feeling.

The sec­ond image that comes to mind is when I first watched “The Pas­sion of the Christ,” which has become an annual Good Fri­day tra­di­tion for me. I remem­ber hear­ing as a kid in Catholic school that Christ actu­ally suf­fered enough in the gar­den on Holy Thurs­day to make up for our sins, and I had heard of how awful death by cru­ci­fix­ion would have been, but it was largely an intel­lec­tual argu­ment. To see such an intense depic­tion of what Jesus may have actu­ally gone through puts into per­spec­tive just how much He actu­ally did suf­fer for us.

And the only way any of that makes sense is that He actu­ally did rise on Easter Sun­day. There is no way the Church could have sur­vived its early per­se­cu­tion and thrived as it has for two mil­len­nia if it were based on a lie.

And I saw the “evi­dence of things not seen” about four years ago as my mom was dying. When I vis­ited her shortly before the end I wit­nessed her receive the sacra­ment of Anoint­ing of the Sick. See­ing the look of peace that came over her at that time, I am cer­tain that she is in a bet­ter place and that I will see her again. I know that Jesus has led the way.

I pray that you and your fam­ily share in the joy of Easter today and through­out the year.

I want to thank Pete for giv­ing me the oppor­tu­nity to write more often, start­ing today. I’m look­ing for­ward to being able to com­ment on things closer to when they hap­pen. And please remem­ber to hit DaTipJar!

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.            – Jn 3:16

Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.       – Lk 24:5-6

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.                – He 11:1

Happy Easter!

There have been three images that come to mind for me when I think about Easter. The first occurred twenty years ago, when I celebrated my first Easter as a father. I was familiar, or course, with the famous John 3:16 verse, but it wasn’t until my own son was born that I was able to understand the depth of love that would be required to make such a sacrifice. All of you who are parents can I’m sure relate to that feeling.

The second image that comes to mind is when I first watched “The Passion of the Christ,” which has become an annual Good Friday tradition for me. I remember hearing as a kid in Catholic school that Christ actually suffered enough in the garden on Holy Thursday to make up for our sins, and I had heard of how awful death by crucifixion would have been, but it was largely an intellectual argument. To see such an intense depiction of what Jesus may have actually gone through puts into perspective just how much He actually did suffer for us.

And the only way any of that makes sense is that He actually did rise on Easter Sunday. There is no way the Church could have survived its early persecution and thrived as it has for two millennia if it were based on a lie.

And I saw the “evidence of things not seen” about four years ago as my mom was dying. When I visited her shortly before the end I witnessed her receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Seeing the look of peace that came over her at that time, I am certain that she is in a better place and that I will see her again. I know that Jesus has led the way.

I pray that you and your family share in the joy of Easter today and throughout the year.

I want to thank Pete for giving me the opportunity to write more often, starting today. I’m looking forward to being able to comment on things closer to when they happen. And please remember to hit DaTipJar!