Celebrating Easter Everyday….
During this lenten season, with the anticipation of Easter Sunday on my mind, I’ve been pondering the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means for me personally.
As most of you know I believe that there is only one God. God for me is known by many names. I believe that God shows up in a perfect way for everyone, everywhere. I also believe that some people that don’t acknowledge God, but are kind, loving, generous people are being used by God whether they know it or not.
Today I am a committed follower of the teachings of Jesus first and foremost in my life. About 25 years ago I took a spiritual side trip and had a great time learning about all the ways that God shows up for other people. Bottom line I learned that to live in the Kingdom of Love is all there is and those of us who know that, live a happy life no matter what is going on in the world or in our lives.
Then four years ago I was strongly urged to narrow my path. Catholicism and Jesus is the way God showed up for me when I was born. So I was led back to the Catholic Church, continuing to take what I liked and leaving the rest. With the main focus for me being the teachings of Jesus. I’ve learned that in order to follow these teachings I needed a personal relationship with Jesus. So Jesus became my best friend and I talk with Him often during the day and night.
In Genesis we read that the Spirit of God, from before the beginning of time, hovered over all the empty, darkness of what became the world. So the Holy Spirit has always been and will always be everywhere.
But…. something happened when Jesus died on the cross. I think that during His trial he was tortured not only by the all the humiliation he went through during that time but He took on every aspect of what humans face in the world. He literally absorbed all the evil, all the shame, all the pain and ugliness of the world and surrendered it all and died releasing the power of His Holy Spirit.
Jesus told his disciples that when he died he would send His Spirit to minister to them and guide them. While on earth he was fully human and called Jesus. When he died on the cross and rose from the dead He was able to release His “Christ” Spirit to the whole world, in a more powerful way. He filled the world and each one of us with His Christ powered Grace so that all of us could chose to be a part of His Holy Spirit more fully.
Now some of you may not agree with all that I’ve said and that’s o.k. But let’s face it something very powerful happened when he rose from the dead. Just think about what we know. Jesus was physically and actively teaching in the world for only three years. He taught 12 men how to follow in his foot steps and now over 2000 years have past but his message came through and spread all over the world in a very short time.
FATHER ROHR SAYS IT THIS WAY:
“The day of Pentecost frees the apostles to believe in a God who is
actively involved in their lives and no longer a mere intellectual
concept. The Holy Spirit has become wind, fire, joy, excitement,
universal shareability, and not just another boring Sabbath obligation
or more commandments to obey. Notice how all the metaphors of Spirit
presence are dynamic, alive, moving, and universally available.
The Spirit will always be totally unmerited grace. She always takes the
initiative, because Spirit is omnipresent, and thus there first! In the
first Pentecost account (Acts 2:1-13 ) the Holy Spirit is experienced as
intimacy, enlightenment, joy, and fire, and as the power to love beyond
boundaries and ethnicities, which now becomes the universal language.
She is presented as surprising, elusive, and free, and yet totally
given. The Spirit comes from no place we can control, least of all by
our good behavior or even our bad behavior. All we can do is surrender,
enjoy, and share. A spirit-filled life becomes like a pass-through
savings account—which gains lots of “interest” for yourself and
others when it is consciously enjoyed.”
Now this is what we can celebrate everyday of our lives….not just on Easter Sunday.
Thinking about you with Love this Holy Season I pray…. May your lives be enriched with Love, Joy and Peace.
Remember to Feed Your Soul