Standing in Awe of His Enormous Love
by Deacon Thomas Frankenfield
Rejoice! He is Risen! Alleluia! We will carry these words on our hearts in a special way as we celebrate the great Easter Season. What more could we ever ask for than a Savior who totally gave himself for our sins and returning to be with us and to bring us hope for eternity via the Resurrection. I am in total awe of the enormous love of Jesus for us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states the point very clearly "…
The risen Christ lives in the hearts of his faithful while they await that fulfillment. In Christ, Christians "have tasted. . . the powers of the age to come" and their lives are swept up by Christ into the heart of divine life, so that they may "live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." (CCC 655)
The resurrection of Jesus is a sign of hope because we serve a "living" Savior. Jesus is with us for all time and is no longer in the grave...He is risen! This is a hope for the salvation for all the People of God.
The Resurrection of Jesus Is the Real Story
At this point, I usually write a story outlining the theme of the reflection. This week I am truly unworthy to write a story. Why? There is no greater story than Resurrection of Jesus. No way can we further explain the depths of Jesus' love for all of us in the completeness of the Passion. However, I invite you to walk through the last few days with me and remember…
On Holy Thursday, we were invited to a great feast with the Lord at the Last Supper. The oils were brought from the Bishop and presented to the parish. Next, we saw the washing of the feet and as a Deacon; I see this as a primary symbol of my vocation. I was so blessed to wash the feet of women, children, people of every color-the People of God. After that, we were invited to take and eat of the Body and Blood of Christ-food for every journey. Finally, we took time for quiet prayer and adoration with the Real Presence of Jesus among us. I spent the entire evening fighting back tears.
On Good Friday, our parish shared the paid on death. Remarkably, it came to me closest as I lay prostrate on the floor. I felt the enormous loss and I felt the pain of my beloved Jesus on his path to death. As I had the honor of holding the Cross for veneration, I saw the eyes of the people of God and they encountered the death of our innocent Lord. Together we mourned the loss.
At the Easter Vigil, we relived salvation history and then were witness to our catechumens' awesome faith as Father Mark gently administered the sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist to those who have traveled on the journey to complete unity with our Roman Catholic Family.
My brothers and sisters, we are the luckiest people in the world! Our God can conquer anything-even death. This calls us to look deeply at those areas that need to be filled with the Spirit of God and allowed to rise for the depths of our personal pain. Our personal Lenten journey was enhanced and supported by the Risen Lord and we now have a living guide for the further journey ahead.
May God continue to bless you and your families during the Easter season.
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