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Did Spring actually Sprung?

      Thanks be to God, that all the snow in my backyard has disappeared. Spring has sprung. The snow, had actually gone away pretty fast. Spring wanted to sprung- but the snow was stopping it. But the snow had no fight against the warm temperatures this past week. Besides fall, Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It's full of new life-which we have been waiting for all lent.

     Jesus resurrection and new life was not delayed. He promised a resurrection and we got a life saving resurrection. He promised us, that by resurrecting, a new life will always happen. A new and better life is waiting for us. He promised that winter would not last forever, but that we will finally enjoy the warm sun of spring and summer. Every weekend in Mass, we profess that we believe in the resurrection of the body. Not only the body of Christ, but our body also. WE will rise again. Not just on the last day, but everyday-we are called to rise from sin. To leave sin upon the cross. 

     Isn't it a wonderful picture that St Luke paints for us in the Act of the Apostles today? All those who believed in Christ gather together breaking the bread and remembering Jesus. Even then they understood and formed the importance of Sunday- which has lost it's meaning in our secularized world. It seems to be sports day and just another day of the week. But, surely, it's not! Every Sunday is a Easter Sunday. We recal, when we participate in the Eucharist, Christ Death and resurrection. 

     Jesus resurrection offers us this new life. HE broke death. Their isn't sadness or evil left. He, today, wiped away and destroys any doubt that lies within the heart of his disciples.He showed himself risen, and open to his disciples. He does three symbolic and important things: 1) He dispels their belief, by showing them the scars of his wounds 2) He sends them out into the world like he was 3) he strengthens them- by breathing the Holy spirit upon them.

     Jesus offers us a new life. We are given new life not only through the waters of baptism but in seeing and believing in the Holy Eucharist. Today, kids in my parish celebrate their first Eucharist. One of the biggest things I stress to them is that even though it may look like the same flat bread as before-we know that after the blessing it is Jesus.

      When we live in the new life we were born into through baptism, then we truly see Christ in the Eucharist. Then we can truly make fulfillment of his words, " Do this is remembrance of me..." For the Eucharist makes no sense, when Jesus isn't there. We are called, and born into, a new life. Like a flower growing after Winter, we were planted and are waiting to sprout. But we need that life giving water, the Eucharist. We must come to believe that it can transform us into a beautiful flower.

     May we come to this new life. Christ calls us to live this new life. How do I know? I know because he conquered death. He rose from the dead and dispelled the darkness. Let us come to this new life. In this new life, when we live it, we know that it isn't just bread, it is Christ. For God willed that his son die and be raised. May we rise with Christ, and know that with every suffering there is new life!





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