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We Must Die If We Want to Rise (#523, Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter, 3rd Sunday. Imagine thinking that your child, friend or classmate had died in a car accident. What would you want to say to them that you never said? Now imagine meeting them the day after and discovering they are fine. That’s what the Resurrection would feel like. All those little fights and arguments would suddenly seem so trivial.

The little fights and arguments we have with God are called Sin. He didn’t cause the fight but he wants to help fix it. So Christ offered himself as the one true sacrifice to bury our sins in the tomb so we can be reconciled with our Father. Just as it was written that The Christ must suffer and die and so rise from the dead, so also it is written that every Christian must suffer and die with Christ if we want to rise with Christ. We all want the joy of the Resurrection, but the only way to get there is the road of the Cross.

(20 Apr 2015)

Point to Ponder: How can I ‘carry my cross’ more joyfully today, knowing it is leading me to the Resurrection?

Point to Discuss: Pick someone you love, and finish this sentence:

“Dear Mom and Dad, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol related traffic collision, and today I died. I never had the chance to tell you…….”

Share your answer with them.