The Easter Season brings forth new hope and new life. As much as we believe and as much as we trust what the resurrection of Jesus offers, it is good for us to prayerfully reflect how we find ourselves touched by this grace.
Personally, I find the Gospel of John as particularly comforting as well as challenging. In the fourteenth chapter of this Gospel, we read and we hear the words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”. God is now ever present to us. God will give us anything and everything we will need. How does this happen?
Think for a moment in your life which was overwhelming, so much so you were rendered powerless. How did you survive? How did you even flourish? If God has in the past intervened in whatever way (a word of encouragement, the support of a significant other, the option, even the opportunity to see someone or something in a different way), what tells you God will not intervene once again in the present? If all of this sounds incredible, it is because it is incredible!
God is with us. God will give us all that is required. This is the promise of Easter. We share in this promise. It is a promise we are now asked to share with others, especially the marginalized and the poor. Let us rejoice and let us be glad!
---Reverend Michael F. McDermott