Colossians 3:1-4 or
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
new and now
“They killed Him, finally, hanging Him on a tree, only to have God raise Him up on the third day.” —Acts 10:40
Alleluia! Today is one of the greatest days in our lives. This is the first day of the fifty-day Sunday, the Easter season. Alleluia! When we believe in our hearts that Jesus is risen from the dead (see Rm 10:9), everything is transformed and made new. Death no longer overshadows Life. The fear of death no longer enslaves us (Heb 2:15). Death has lost its sting (1 Cor 15:55). Death is not our enemy but our friend; it is not so much the end, but the beginning.
We have “full confidence that now as always Christ will be exalted through” us, whether we “live or die” (Phil 1:20). For, to us, “ ‘life’ means Christ; hence dying is so much gain” (Phil 1:21). “Now all is new!” (2 Cor 5:17; cf Rv 21:5) We need not wait until our death to share in Christ’s Resurrection. We can share in Jesus’ Resurrection now. Through Baptism and a life of faith, we have already “been raised up in company with Christ” (Col 3:1). We set our hearts “on what pertains to higher realms where Christ is seated at God’s right hand” (Col 3:1). We are “intent on things above rather than on things of earth” (Col 3:2). Now the main purpose of life is to be a witness that Jesus is risen from the dead (see Acts 10:41-42).
Alleluia! Easter is new and now.
Prayer: Risen Jesus, raise me from the tomb of doubt into the light of faith.
Promise: “Let us celebrate the feast not with the old yeast, that of corruption and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” —1 Cor 5:8
Praise: “Remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, was raised from the dead” (2 Tm 2:8). Alleluia! Happy Resurrection Sunday! Risen Jesus, may I never forget to praise You.
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