Study: Reflect on moments where you have experienced new life – in a relationship, in a position, in an opportunity. Consider how your experience of new life can help you embrace the resurrection of Jesus
Pray: Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have been freed from sin and death. Take a moment in your prayer to thank God for this gift, and count your blessings.
Serve: How might you bring the hope of new life to others? How might your life bring life to those around you?
All around us, we see signs of change as we enter the season of Spring. The weather is (slowly) getting warmer, the snow is beginning to melt, and we await the rain to soften the earth and add much needed moisture to the ground.
These signs point to the simple fact that once again new life is bursting forth upon the land. Spots of green start to appear on the countryside. Flowers and plants begin to grow. What was once dead has now been renewed.
The change of seasons shows us in a simple yet powerful way a fundamental truth in our world: out of death comes new life. Around us we discover that from the cold and barren Winter, the earth is renewed through the annual cycle of life. Death cannot last forever; it is shattered by the force and power of life – healing, restoring, and making all things new.
With this season of life comes new hope. We see the changes in nature and respond with new vitality. We want to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, maybe start a few projects (I said maybe…!), and live with a renewed sense of energy. As we experience the signs of abundant life revealed in nature, we desire to take hold of our own lives – that we might live with a passion and intensity worthy of this wonderful gift.
Every year the Church celebrates the central mystery of our faith during this season of life. Beyond his suffering and death on the Cross we celebrate the victory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through this redemption, we have been freed from two of our greatest fears, sin and death, and given the gift of abundant life.
As Christ rose from the dead, not even the grave could contain him, and his triumphant resurrection anchors our hope in eternal life. We rejoice that through this mystery we now have a path to follow. We know that death is not the final answer, we know that beyond the suffering and struggle of this life lies our hope in the abundant life of heaven.
Strengthened by our hope in Christ, we are invited to live this moment with our whole hearts. Having received the gift of life, we are called to share that gift with love and joy, so that the abundant life of the resurrection may pour into this world as well.