This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

I believe that bears repeating…This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.  Is there any better mantra for one to have – THIS is THE DAY, TODAY, the Lord has made.  Let us REJOICE and be glad in today.  Rejoice in the trials, the tribulations, the ups and downs.   REJOICE in life itself because Jesus our Lord, Jesus our Savior, Jesus our Brother died and know has conquered the grave.  He didn’t do this for His glory – he did this for OUR SALVATION!  O DEATH, WHERE IS THOU STING?

 Take a minute to read the Psalm for today because Christ is our hope, follow Him and in following Him, follow the path to life…

R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

As Sarah and I were driving to St. Mary Magdalen yesterday morning and listening to Bishop Barron offer his reflection on the Gospel, he reminded us that if Christ had NOT risen from the dead, we as Christians, we as a Church, the whole basis of our religion is a bogus and meaningless. After that statement, I let my mind drift from what he was saying, I began to think what if Jesus didn’t Rise – what if all we do is based on a story that has passed on from generation to generation to generation but is only a story and has not truth behind it?

It was in those thoughts that the Holy Spirit came to me and reminded me of all I experienced last week during Holy Week.  The Holy Spirit pushed me past the obvious thoughts about all the services I attended but pushed me deeper into the gut feeling that brought tears to my eyes during those services knowing that someone could love me so much to die for me and open the doors to salvation.  It is the same deep feelings of love that I have for my wife Sarah and my children.   That same deep feeling of love I have for my Mom, my siblings and all of my extended family.  In my gut, I know how deep my love is for them and it is a true, committed love.  The Holy Spirit reminded me that that same feeling I carry deep in my heart for them is that same love and devotion that God carries in His heart for me.  It is that deep feeling that dwells in my gut, my heart, my soul, my whole being that I know that Jesus rose from the dead.  HE HAS RISEN.  INDEED, HE HAS RISEN. ALLELUIA.

Do something great for our Lord today – rejoice in the thought He died and then rose for your salvation.  Accept that love that God gives you; follow Him and find the true path to life.  Keep me safe O God – You are my hope.

HE HAS RISEN.  INDEED, HE HAS RISEN. ALLELUIA.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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