With the joy of Easter comes the joy of everlasting life for all of us! As Pope Francis says, “Let the Risen Jesus enter your life; welcome him as a friend with trust—he is life!”
We are not lucky enough to see Jesus in person as did his disciples on the road to Emmaus, but yet we are blessed to always have Jesus with us as we live each day! He is truly always in our hearts and minds, and we can pray to him each day, but how do we see Jesus?
Our world is filled with Jesus as we look all around us! As He rose from the dead, so our earth wakes up to new life all around us as we see, hear, touch, feel, and smell all the gifts of the earth!
We see the gift of new life in the flowers that bloom, the new growth of plant life, the animal world, and the babies that are born.
We hear the gift of new life in the birds that sing and the sounds of a baby or the chatter of little ones, and the gift of music each day.
We touch the gift of new life in holding a baby, the softness of a flower, the growing grass, petting a dog or a cat, or the flowing of a lake or the ocean.
We feel the gift of new life in the warmth of the sun, or the gentle rain falling upon us, and the great love we feel for our family and friends.
We smell the gift of new life in the air we breathe, the fragrance of new flowers, and the cooking of foods and the baking of cakes or cookies.
Yes, Jesus is alive for us each day if we but use our senses. Our hearts sing out, “Alleluia!” He is alive if we but take the time to find Him in our world that we live each day. Do we take the time to take a walk with our family and look for Him? He is there everywhere we can think of: our back yards, our neighborhoods, our parks, our school grounds, our states, our country, and all the countries and continents of the world in the varied land forms and water forms.
Jesus is especially alive in our Churches! Whether it be the readings or the Gospels, the prayers we say together or in the silence of our hearts, the hymns that we sing, the instruments and music that we hear, and, most of all, at the Altar when Jesus comes to us in the Holy Bread, the Blessed Sacrament. He takes our gifts of bread and wine and turns them into His Body and Blood, just as He did at the Last Supper. The joy is that we feel His presence in our hearts, minds, and bodies as we receive Him in communion.
Yes, Jesus is alive! Alleluia! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia!
May you and your family find Christ alive in this world wherever you may be!
Wishing you the blessings, love, joy, and peace that only Easter can bring,
Mrs. Judith Rowinski