One hundred years ago this year, three young children received visions of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima, Portugal. Her appearance was preceded by an angel, who taught the children the following prayer. Bowing so low that its head touched the ground, the angel taught these children to recite this prayer three times in a row.
I have struggled to write an Easter Sunday post, simply because the words did not want to come. Yet, earlier this past week, I was brought back to the beauty and words of this prayer, and it seemed to say everything needed to say today.
Christians throughout the world will celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection today. We will profess belief that He rose from the dead and fulfilled Scripture.
Too often, we celebrate and then go about our week ahead. Yet, Easter isn’t just a one-day celebration, to be forgotten as we settle back into our lives on Monday, or the coming days.
Easter Sunday celebrations don’t account for the days outside of Sunday.
It doesn’t account for our celebrating as we re-enter our weekly routines, filled with schedules, appointments, work, and normal run of the mill expectations in our lives.
If we truly believe Christ has risen, then we must remember His sacrifice and His triumph over death… every. single. day.
And, we must act accordingly.
Our actions must reflect our belief in Jesus as the Son of God, His Crucifixion and His Resurrection.
Our actions must reflect the adoration to whom only One is deserving – God.
Our actions must reflect the hope we have – for the forgiveness of our sins, and His Divine Mercy, and life after death.
Our actions must reflect the love we have for God – as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is Risen – He has conquered death for our sins, and the sins of the whole world!
He is amazing.
He loves us.
He wants us to invite Him into our lives.
He wants us to believe, adore, hope, and love Him.
So, join me in celebrating Christ’s Resurrection today…
…and every day!