Happy Easter to all! Today's gospel tells us the story of Peter and John stepping inside the cave where Jesus was buried. As soon as John saw the burial cloths lying there, he believed! What was it about the cloths? How can we have faith like John's? It's all about spending time with our Lord! He desires to spend time with you. And when you do spent time with Him, you start to recognize His fingerprints everywhere...even in the cloths!
Our Lord loves us so much He went to the cross for us.Why did He need to literally shed His blood to pay our debt of sin? The answer lies in the Jewish understanding of blood and life. The Jews believed that an animal's life was contained in their blood. So if you consumed an animal's blood you took its life into you (something demeaning for human beings, since we were created higher in order than the animals). But when we consume God's blood....we take His very life into us. Thus, by going to the cross and shedding His Blood, Jesus not only paid our debt, but gave us an abundance of life--divine life!
When Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead he was foreshadowning a far greater miracle to come: the raising of a soul from death to life. Mortal sin kills our soul. Christ raises us back to life in the confessional. Every confession is a miracle of far greater magnitude than bringing Lazarus back from physical death! Thank God for his Church and sacraments!
Both the Pharisees and the cured Blind Man had the privlidge to see Jesus with their own eyes. The Pharisees couldn't get past how normal Jesus looked and sounded. Therefore they concluded, "he can't be God." The Blind Man gazed upon the same Jesus and was able to see Him for who he is--God. When we come to Mass do we see through the externals of the Eucahrist? Do we recognize God? Or does it look too normal? Want to see? There is a remedy...
God speaks to us all the time...but we have to know how to hear his Word. In this homily, I give you 3 practical ways to hear his voice.
There is nothing Satan hates more than the Cross. The cross is our path to victory. The cross is our path to the Resurrection. That's precisely why Satan tempts us to take the easy way out...and side-step the cross. Lent is a time where we accept the cross by denying ourselves and fighting against sin. This is our path to holiness.
God desires our happiness and our peace. When we make someone or something else our "god," anxiety creeps into our heart and soul. Anxiety may be a sign to us that we need to turn back to Our Lord. He is the only One who can give us true peace.