The End of Us???

Posted: March 27, 2018 in World On The Edge

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It is a fact. Each of us will die.
But is death the end of us?

We come into this world innocent, and nothing can change that we’re made in the image and likeness of God. Part of each one of us is spiritual, like it or not. And it is that spirituality that draws us to God.

But we’ve also been given a free will by our Creator. We can make choices, and some of those choices are wrong ones that steer us away from the inborn likeness to God set in us, and toward a dead end, where we often have no desire to change, or even acknowledge God. Many of us are fine with our lives as we’re living them.  And some don’t think about change, or God, at all until we are faced with death.

Yet we want eternal life.

Holy Week is all about eternal life. This past Sunday, the final Sunday of Lent, begins Holy Week for Christians. It commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. Following days are Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally the Resurrection–Easter.

On Holy Thursday, Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist–His real presence at Mass. This is my Body. This is my Blood. Do this in remembrance of me. On Good Friday, He showed us how to suffer through the worst of all deaths, the excruciating death of an innocent man through the conniving of greedy and selfish human beings; a suffering He allowed–only for us. And on Easter Sunday, He rose from the tomb into which human evil cast Him.

He rose because no grave could hold Him. No grave could silence Him. No grave could keep Him from us, each one of us, His beloved.

Jesus Christ showed us the way that any one of us can be resurrected as well. First, by our sincere desire for it. Second, by repentance of our sins and a decision to change our behavior. And third, by being open to the Mercy of God, our Father.

But are we striving for a life beyond our earthly grave?

Do we want to be resurrected?

Resurrection is defined in the dictionary as the act of causing something that had ended or been forgotten or lost to exist again.  The ultimate Resurrection is a promise from our loving God if we truly desire it in the here and now. When we  attempt by our free will to overcome our sinfulness–and through faith, rely on the overflowing mercy of God, we will have eternal life.

So that no grave can hold us.
No grave can silence us.
No grave can keep us from our God who loves us.

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