If you act out of love, God will always make something good come out of it. God never lets us down, even if we do not always recognize the good that God is doing for us.
In today’s Gospel, we hear of two acts of love towards Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus, and he is saved because of it. The Myrrh Bearing women, even though for three years they heard that Jesus would be raised from the dead, still go to the grave to anoint the body of Christ. They did not know that Jesus was not there. They go because they love God and want to do something good. Surely they ask themselves questions. Why did He die? Where have all the disciples gone? We have seen Him save so many. Why did He not save Himself?
- Bishop Peter: Do you know the Bible?
- We all meet the Risen Lord in a different way – John 20: 19-31
- Easter 2021
They loved Jesus but they were not certain when the angel told them that Jesus was risen, and to go and tell the apostles. They were afraid, so they ran away and out of fear told no one anything about what they saw.
We all meet God in the course of our daily lives. God does not condemn us just because we know so little about the ways of God. We, like the women, do not know the reality of God’s existence amongst us. We do not have to, but we must love God and not ourselves and God will use us for good.
The Resurrection and Easter always raise questions of how we think the world works. There is a constant struggle between the Spirit of the world and the reality of God. The Resurrection changes everything for ever. Easter makes everything new again, different to what we think it is.
The real church is spiritual community of solidarity amongst all of us. We go forward together.
We may all try to figure out what our world is supposed to be like, but that it not the question. The question is why has God made the world? What is happening to it? What are we to do to discover God’s will?
The stone has been rolled away. We are free to find Jesus. We have to open to the voice we hear in our hearts. God is calling us. We must find Him and look at things in a different manner and place. We have to take a fresh look at our church life.
Recently our Patriarch Sviatoslav asked us to look at our church in a fresh way. First, he said that we should come out of our church walls and become a missionary community. He asked us to look at our style of doing things, the way we relate, the way we communicate, and the way we act toward each other.
Then he says, we must inspire each other by our good example. Convince others by power of our personal example. Not to use our personal authority but inspire by our personal faith and actions.
We must find Him and look at things in a different manner and place. We have to take a fresh look at our church life.
Our Patriarch says that our church is not just a social service community which does things that the government does not. The church exits in order to baptise and to administer the Holy Sacraments.
The church is not just a financial or an administrative corporation. There is a need for that, but that is not the heart of the church. The real church is spiritual community of solidarity amongst all of us. We go forward together. We teach all people. We administer the Holy Mysteries because that is why Christ has risen from the dead.
The Resurrection does call for us to examine how God has changed the world, the way we look at it, and what our faith asks us to do.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM
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