Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Don’t be afraid, Our Lady will send us all that is necessary."

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Gospel Text: MK 16:9-15)
When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

With Lent now in our rear view mirror let us not forget the change that so many of us tried to effect during our 40 day journey; to become more Christ like.  To personally live out the example that Christ set for us with his life and to stand up for what we know in the sight of God is the right course of action to follow; whether that be in thought, word or deed.

What is your level of resolve and courage?  Are your convictions of such strength that you are willing to publically declare your position or do you still sit on the sidelines and let others direct the conversation, both in tone and in content?  Are you willing to take action without regard for what someone might say about you or are you still standing on the sidelines?

During this Easter season, let us stand boldly. Jesus tells us to love others as he loves us. Let us be like the apostles who chose to live with Christ by proclaiming his ministry instead of allowing fear to silence them.

“It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4: 13-21).

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