Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I hope that in spite of all your hard work, your family responsibilities and the various difficulties of life, you still live out the spirit of this Easter time filled with the joy of knowing that the Risen Christ is always with us. Since our baptism, we possess this invaluable treasure within us: our faith in him. In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus affirming:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14) Let us spend time knowing Jesus better by reading the four Gospels and meditating on them. If many of us care about the plants and flowers of our garden, should we not spend more time gardening in our own soul with the living water of the Holy Spirit through daily prayer and study? If flowers need to be exposed to the sun in order to bloom, should we not expose our soul to Jesus every week in Eucharistic adoration to keep the spirit of hope and joy as the difficulties of life can at times be overwhelming?
“May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you. (Ps.32)
Perhaps many people in the world wonder why Christians are so sure that Jesus Christ is the only true spiritual guide for mankind. Have not many other spiritual leaders proposed a path of liberation?
For those of us who have studied the Bible thoroughly, we know that from the book of Genesis to the four Gospels all that is written leads us to believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Interestingly enough atheists, Muslims, Buddhists etc…when they travel, they do so according to the date of the universal calendar which hasJesus Christ as its unique benchmark for the whole human history. Only He can save us from eternal death; only He can make the one who believes in Him see God after he dies. Jesus said:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14)Let us be wise and set our eyes and hearts on Jesus, especially during hard times.
“If you look at the world, you will be distressed. If you look within, you will be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you will be at rest.” (Saying)