Scripture: John 19: 38 – 42
All is quiet and still today. It is a day of reflection and for reflection. We allow ourselves to experience the aftermath of yesterday’s events, contemplating all that Jesus our Lord and Saviour endured and the great love he showed. We know that the darkness and sadness of death will give way to the joy of the Resurrection.
Think about what is really valuable and precious in your life and who is really valuable and precious in your life. Focus on this and imagine that you are preparing to make a whole new beginning in your attitude towards life and the things of life – because you are!
The Resurrection of Jesus celebrated each Easter offers us the opportunity to renew our faith. This faith, in turn, gives a whole new meaning, purpose and direction to our lives. The Lenten Season is behind us now. We have been on a journey and a process of allowing God to change our hearts. Lent will have had no meaning and purpose if there is no change from today onwards in our attitude, behaviour and lifestyle. Throughout Lent and through our acts of penance, self-denial, fasting, prayer, charity and spiritual renewal, through our union with Jesus in the Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we have been changed and transformed. Now is the time to make a NEW BEGINNING. In the celebration of Easter our hearts are made new. Thank you Lord for changing my heart!
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
The importance of the Resurrection can be seen from the following statements:
- Because Jesus is alive (1 Corinthians 15:20) we have been given the assurance of our own resurrection. “Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19)
- Jesus now sits at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us. (Hebrews 7:25). Because he has kept his promise to rise from the dead (John 2:19) we can trust him to keep all his other promises. (2 Corinthians 1:20).
- Christians do not merely tell stories about Jesus we enjoy a personal relationship with him. “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
- Jesus now lives in us and helps us to live the Christian life. (Galatians 2:20)
Make your Profession of Faith in the Renewal of Baptismal Promises tonight/tomorrow a deep, personal renewal of your own Baptism. This Easter the Flame of Faith in your heart burns brightly again and the Dignity of your Baptism is restored. Feel yourself aglow with faith and clothed in Christ once more.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for raising Jesus from the dead and giving me the blessed assurance that he lives within my heart, walks with me along the way and has given me the gift of eternal life. May I, empowered by the Holy Spirit, be his faithful witness bringing his love, joy and peace to all the people I meet. Amen.
We hope that these Lenten Reflections have helped you to grow in faith and to experience in a more powerful way the Love of God made real in his Son Jesus. May the Joy of Easter fill your hearts and lives with a renewed Faith and Hope.
Fr. Desmond Nair, Sr. Lucas Lenzen CPS, Irene Helsdon, Deacon Peter Venter, Fr. Brett Williams, Fr. Grant Emmanuel and Deacon Henry Blair.