What is coming to New Life in us? Reflection for Easter

Icon of the Resurrection

Icon of the Resurrection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”–Mark 28:8-10

Christus surrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia! (Christ is risen as he said! Alleluia)

This traditional Western greeting during the Easter Season is the reason why our ministry exists today. If it was not for the resurrection of Jesus, then our work would be in vain.  Because of the resurrection, our work takes on whole new meaning; we become the hands and feet of Jesus here in our midst.  While the secular world has already moved on from the celebration of Easter, the Orthodox Churches are still in a time of Holy waiting, because the celebration of Easter or the Holy Pascha is celebrated on April 15th.  For both Orthodox and Latin Christians, the Celebration of Easter is a the Feast of Feasts or a celebration that lasts for 50 Days, ending on Pentecost.  This is the single most important event in the life of a ministry or a follower of Jesus.  While many people focus on the birth of Jesus, truly it was because of his death and resurrection that we exist in the way that we do today. 

 We who follow Jesus the Christ are called to find ourselves united to God and in service to God’s people.  We all serve God as we serve people; part of being a sacramental people is to understand our very beings as  instruments for God’s love to touch people’s lives and our own. Day in and day out, we are immersed in the busy-ness of life. Weather we are in the office, home, school or at play, each and every day we have many demands placed on us.  In the midst of it all, we need to take time to listen to the quieter voices and get in touch with the person of Jesus, whose life and ministry we are to bring to life by continuing our work, all the while feeling God’s presence.

–  How do you experience the sacredness of the work that you do?

— In the midst of many demands, how do you take the time to listen to quieter voices either from within our very self or from others?

Christos anesti!  Alithos anesti! (Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen!)

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