Greetings! Every story has a beginning, middle and end. When we read a story, as we trudge along in the middle part, one wonders how it will end. In the story of life, we know how things started. God created our first parents and with their disobedience, the entire created world fell. It descended into utter chaos and darkness.
Because God is love (1 John 4:7-8), He promised not to abandon us. Through the ages, God revealed His presence to us through the prophets, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption.” (Galatians 4:4-5) God the Father sent His Son into the world to save us from our sins and to open the gates to Heaven previously closed by our first parents. Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Jesus has done just that.
With revelation and by faith, we know how the story ends. With the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, death has definitively been defeated. All we need to do is follow Jesus. With the grace that comes from the sacraments are able to follow Him. He says elsewhere, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) It is important to remember that when we take up our crosses and follow Jesus, we follow Him beyond the grave, beyond death to eternal life.
This is what we celebrate during the Easter season, knowing how the story ends. In one of the post resurrection appearances of Jesus He said this to His disciples, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” Let us never forget these words of Jesus, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14”1) And, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) Happy Easter!
Fr. Christopher Kubat