“Rejoice always, never cease praying, render constant thanks; such is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 16-18).
Now that we have completed the Lenten Season, have once again been connected with the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, we are left with the question, “How do I respond?”
First a message to those who think that this is just a fairy-tale, perpetrated on humanity in the effort to control the masses, it really happened.
God became human in the second person of the Trinity. Some two thousand years ago, the God of the universe, the creator of all things, became flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary and raised by her and her husband, Joseph. It is true that he was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead.
Jesus was not just a prophet or holy man. He is God, dwelling in human flesh, fully and completely human, fully and completely God. The Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
It may contain many translations, variations, miss-quotes, because that is the nature of language as it is copied and transmitted to us for two thousand years in many languages.
It is difficult to find the correct meaning of each phrase and word, yet the essence of the events that are recorded is true. The teaching and events recorded in Bible are as relevant as the day they were written.
Too many of us suffer from the notion that we know more today about faith, philosophy, and spiritual matters, than previous generations. Too many of us discount faith, the Bible and the Church as somehow antiquated and irrelevant to us today.
I find it so prideful for someone to think they know better than St. Paul, or that they know more about Jesus than the Gospel writers, and other spiritual writers.
Too many people want to put their own spin on the events in the Gospels, rather than seeking the truth.
St. Paul writes, “May the God of peace make you perfect in holiness. May he preserve you whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body, irreproachable at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls us is trustworthy, therefore he will do it.” I say, “Thank you, Jesus!”
“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”