Our Easter celebration continues. We continue to celebrate the gift of our salvation. God loves so much that He took on human nature and died, rose from the dead, and ascended back to heaven. It is because of this Resurrection that we too have the hope of rising to eternal life.
In the first reading we hear about Paul and Barnabas proclaim the Gospel in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. It says they went there to strengthen the spirits of the disciples, the believers. They told the people, “It was necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” How hard is your life? Not that we should be masochists and seek out pain and suffering, but at the same time, being a Christian, we should expect there to be some pain and suffering as we try to live differently than how the world is telling us to live. True love alters the way we live. I remember being in 4th or 5th grade. I had a crush on a girl and she invited me to go to the pool with her. I think that is the fastest I ever did my paper route. When we realize that we are loved by God and love Him back, it should alter the way we live. Is being a Christian just a label we give ourselves or does our relationship with Jesus alter the way we live? In the Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples to love one another. Love does not require that we be nice to each other. Love does not ask us to agree to disagree. Love asks us to seek truth, good, and beauty together. True love has the flexibility to be challenged to change for the good, for the better. True love desires the good of the other, the ultimate good (God) for the other.
I pray that this week you are loved and challenged to become a better person today than you were yesterday.
Peace of Christ,