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New Insights, New Courage

The Easter Season is one of the most re-assuring times as a Christian. During this period, we are further reminded of the importance of the Resurrection on our faith. The Gospel readings talked about the related events after the Resurrection, from Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the Lord, to the two disciples walking with the Lord to Emmaus, to the revelation to the eleven along the lake. Such refreshing insights that these holy men and women have experienced were really meant to re-assure and encourage the spreading of the Gospel afterwards.

Just like the apostles and the first followers of Jesus, the Gospels tell us of how the resurrection is experienced, spoken of, and lived on. It makes us deepen our faith. Given our frail conditions, we need to be constantly reminded of who we are. It tells us to stay the course at all times. Even in times of troubles and frustrations, there should be no stopping us from hoping that the Lord will help us through. Remember, the sunrise is just a dawn away, so let’s be graciously hopeful.

I remember receiving an SMS which says, “sometimes God breaks our spirit to save our soul, breaks our heart to make us whole, sends us pain so we can be stronger, sends us failure so we can be humble, sends us illness so we take better care of ourselves…” Indeed! At countless moments in our lives, after passing through the storm, we’ll realize the lessons soon after, that we even feel so grateful for being given the gift to experience that.

God’s love is so deep and so authentic, that whenever we feel disappointed, we should take heart to what the Lord said,

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt up for your ransom. Cush and Seba in your stead.

Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,

I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.”

 

(Is. 43: 1 – 4)

As we go back to our routines after this joyful celebration of Easter, let us be confident in the fulfillment of God’s promise. The next time a storm comes up, let us just be ready and confident of being provided the strength to handle these trials. Bank on God’s promise. Do what we’re supposed to do as authentic Christians. Stay the course. And God will do the rest.

Then once storm has passed, let’s be grateful and thankful. Another cycle is finished. Next.

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