Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is easy enough to proclaim the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus with my life. Every time I experience sin, sorrow or suffering, the death of Christ is made manifest in me. It is much more difficult to proclaim the resurrection of Christ Jesus. It is so difficult, in fact, that the Jewish chief priests and elders agreed together to start a rumor that Jesus did not rise from the tomb but that his disciples had stolen his body from the tomb (in spite of it being heavily guarded by Roman soldiers!). But deceits of the devil and lies of social institutions cannot cover the truth that Jesus’ followers experienced first hand, and knew to be true then, and that we witness over and again today when God’s grace flows into our lives, through faith, hop, and love to transform despair into peace, sadness into joy, and sickness into holiness. Every time I choose to state that death does not have the final victory, that life is worth living as a follower of Jesus, and that nothing can separate us from the love and mercy of God, I proclaim the resurrection of Jesus with my life. Yes, it is hard! Ah yes! But Jesus rose from the dead! Will I allow my life to proclaim not only the death of Christ, but also his resurrection? Christ Jesus, help me proclaim youru death and resurrection with my life.
You show me the ways of life. In your presence there is fullness of Joy! (Psalm 16:11)
But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power!
The Apostle Peter in Acts 2
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.