Have you ever wondered how the resurrection of Jesus is relevant to our everyday lives? I’m certain I’m among those who often pass through life as if Christ’s resurrection is not much more than a meaningful myth. If you can relate, I urge you to consider these wise words from Brennan Manning about the relevance of the resurrected Christ.
“The resurrection needs to be experienced as present risenness. If we take seriously the word of the risen Christ, “Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” (Matthew 28:20), we should expect that he will be actively present in our lives. If our faith is alive and luminous, we will be alert to moments, events, and occasions when the power of resurrection is brought to bear in our lives.”
“The present risenness of Jesus as “life-giving Spirit” means that I can cope with anything. I am not my own. “I pray that you may realize…how vast are the resources of his Spirit available to us.” (See Ephesians 1:18-19.) Relying not on my own limited reserves but on the limitless power of the risen Christ I can stare down (…) even the prospect of my impending death.”
“It may happen in those most desperate trials of human existence that beyond any rational explanation, we may feel a nail-scarred hand clutching ours….The tragedy radically alters the direction of our lives, but in our vulnerability and defenselessness we experience the power of Jesus in His present risenness.”
May we feel Christ’s nail-scarred hand holding ours through the trials and tests of life.
May the power and hope in his present risenness change how we perceive the world around us.
May we continually experience the work of a loving God in our midst and in our hearts.
Wishing you and yours a life-giving and joyful Easter.