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In my whiniest moments I forget this, and begin to fall into the trap that EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING is against me….HA.
Yup, I do wish at times Jesus was more clear and obvious, but I suppose what would be the fun in that?
I had a hard time with change; and yet when I finally allowed it to happen, it was a resurrection moment.
I resisted changing, thinking that I was doing well, I was fine, I was doing what I was supposed to do… and of course the fruits of that revealed how wrong I was…depression, isolation, unresolved anger, unresolved sadness, unresolved fear (crippling fear)…
What initiated my change was the panic attack during prayer.. God works in mysterious ways.
I still will resist God and God’s changes for me…I may be a bit more wiser, but old habits can be hard to break. But, I also know that when I have submitted to God’s changes, it has always been for the better. That is my personal challenge to the resurrection.
An Experience of the Resurrection will change us. A true experience of the Resurrection will change us. A real experience of the Resurrection will change the way we live.
This is how we know we are living the Resurrection, living our salvation.
The disciples are the clear example of this.
These men and women will leave behind locked rooms, leave behind their ignorance, their fears, their shame, their anger, the will leave behind the way they have always done things and will experience life in a new way.
Through their experience of the resurrected Christ and their faith in that mystery, they will see life in a whole new way, will be free and will want to respond by sharing that good news with all of the world.
This is for us too!
We too can be changed. When we are open to the mystery of Christ’s resurrection and the power of what it can mean in our lives, here and now, today, and for the rest of our lives.
We can leave behind a way of living that really did not bring life to the world, and be reborn to a way of life that really does bring life to the world.
It will mean our eyes will be opened to how connected we all are, and so, we will begin to live our lives trying to build those connections; through mercy, through forgiveness, through compassion, through love.
We will leave behind the lives of bitterness, isolations, egotism and greed.
It will mean that we will see our own lives and the lives of others as having value and dignity, and we will want to change so as to promote that value and dignity through justice, fair wages, by ending abortion, discrimination, domestic violence, the death penalty, all those affronts to human dignity.
It means that we will persevere through the short term difficult times, so that in the long run, we will find true life.
It means that we will experience a God who truly wants us to be united with him.
It means that we will live LIFE!
This is all salvation!
Of course, the flip side of this is Change….and we don’t always embrace change do we?
Sure, we would like others to change, and often we pray to God to change those other people…but we ourselves…not so much. Then we wonder why our faith is dead, why life doesn’t seem so great.
Jesus Christ, an experience of his resurrection, through the word, through the community, through the Eucharist, will change us…we we are willing and wanting to be changed.
I think the challenge for all of us is to let go, to have trust in the Father’s love, and let ourselves be changed.
I think the challenge is to accept that we ourselves need to be changed, and to want that change.
There and then will we find true and everlasting life!
I remember my excitement when it began to make sense to me; when my eyes were opened to the mystery, the connections!!!