Sunday Reflection 4-1-2018 SPECIAL EASTER EDITION!

By: Maddie Lee

Alleluia!!!! Christ is Risen!
Happy Easter, dear friends! What a beautiful day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord- the victory over all sin! Today we get to rejoice after 40 long days of sorrow and despair. Today we get the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows!
The first thing that Jesus did in His public ministry was get baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Jesus was a grown man at the time of his baptism, but many of us were too young to remember being baptized. Because of this, it is so important to renew our baptismal vows today so we can be reminded of our new life in Heaven with Jesus. Baptism not only cleans our souls of original sin but also makes us an adopted child of God. Adoption in this case is irreversible- you become a child of God for eternity. The word “Baptism” originates from the Greek word “”Baptizein,” which means “to plunge.” The symbolic submersion under water symbolizes the entrance into Christ’s death and resurrection.
How cool is it that we get to “plunge” into both Christ’s death and resurrection with him?!? We have spent the past 40 days in the desert with Jesus preparing for this day of grace. We have confronted our weaknesses and grown stronger through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Now we are able to enter into the joy of life with the Lord, “For if we have grown into union with Christ through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.” (Romans 6: 5). Throughout the Lenten period we were refined by the Holy Spirit in our fasting. During our time in the Lenten desert, we had the opportunity to prepare ourselves to be unified with Jesus in the resurrection. What an amazing gift: to be united with Christ in life! We get heaven! We get joy! We get love!
My favorite part of The Passion of Christ movie is when Jesus and Mary are at home and Jesus is building a dinner table for a rich man. Mary calls Jesus in to eat supper and together they joyfully act out what it would be like to sit at the “tall” table that Jesus was building. In this scene, Jesus and Mary lovingly participate in ordinary life together. This is an example of how living our lives with Jesus can bring joy even into the simplest of moments. In our baptism, we receive this gift of sharing life with Jesus as his beloved children. We are able to participate in moments similar to this scene in The Passion by living out of our baptismal gifts which are renewed on Easter. We get to share our silliness, our joys, our hopes, and even our sorrows with Christ. What a gift to share life with Him!
Our time of preparation in the desert of Lent has ended and now we rejoice. Hallelujah!!! Jesus has Risen and has come to share His life with us! After these past 40 days of entering into His suffering, our hearts are prepared to receive new life through His love and mercy. As the Psalm said today, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord,” (Psalm 118:17). We are granted a renewed life through Christ and we are responsible for spreading the good news of the Lord. We must share the joy and the love of Jesus to all that we encounter. Our hearts must proclaim the goodness of the Lord, “for his love endures forever,” (Psalm 118: 1). Let us live in union with the life, joy, and love of Jesus!
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song,” (St John Paul II). Let us sing our praises today and everyday as Easter people and share in our new life with the Lord!

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