Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral
All of the sudden Lent has passed, Spring is nigh and the Lord is risen. Death has been destroyed and winter overcome. The Lord certainly provides; not only for our earthly well-being, but our Redemption as well.
In our second reading of Easter from Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he exhorts us to seek what is above, not what is on Earth. What a great theme for the Easter season…a perfect way to complement our Lenten sacrifices and preparation to meet the Risen Jesus. Our Lord has given us more than great hope; He has given us a reason to live; and a new prescription for our eyes with which to see the world. The earthly gospel of self-love, immediate gratification, beauty and power as the determinants for valuing life has been refuted by Christ’s Gospel of Truth, Unity, Goodness and Beauty. Good has triumphed over evil, and the fruits of Christ’s love are ours for the taking.
Easter season is the time to claim the graces we seek for the sake of our heavenly aspirations. The rigor of Lent has led us to the joy of the Resurrection. This is a perfect time to receive what Christ has to offer. As this time of grace and favor unfolds, remember that He offers us life; not an interminable existence of toil and fleeting happiness, but inconceivable, everlasting joy before our Creator.
If Lent is like winter, then the Easter season is just like spring. The blossoms of grace have appeared and our squinting eyes have welcome back the bright light of earthly and heavenly glory. We have begun again anew, and earthly anxieties have been put in their proper perspective.
Live in joy and praise, knowing that Christ has ransomed us all from the certainty of death. We are made for union with God. While the promise and effect of Christ’s Resurrection gives us a foretaste of this union in our Christian lives lived well, it is the supreme happiness of heaven to which we aspire. Christ has ensured this happiness to those who know Him and follow the will of the Father. This is how we can suffer for the sake of Christ, endure any hardship and bear any foe. The will of the Father has brought us this far, and it will help us all the way home.