What connects Mass and the Resurrection? The Body and Blood of Christ present at Mass. Don’t come to Mass for what you can get, but come to give. When you give your heart, Jesus gives you his. We believe the Eucharist is Jesus’ Body and Blood because Jesus said so, and sometimes there are miracles that help our faith. Jesus gives us the Eucharist so we can be in communion with him. Live your Communion every day.
Adam and Eve were offered a choice between Life and Death. They rejected God’s will and cut themselves off from life. But God didn’t give up on us. In another garden Jesus said, “Not my will but yours be done.” He showed that Love is stronger than death. Easter means God has given us another chance. We can “fake our death” by drowning our sins in the baptismal water. Christ is Risen!
August 5, 2010, a cave-in at a Chilean mine left 33 miners trapped deep underground. Rescuers bored down to them from the surface, then sent an escape capsule with a rescuer inside. One by one they entered the capsule and were winched up out of the mine. All the men were saved.
Our world is like a collapsing mine. God sent Jesus to be our Rescuer. One by one we are loaded into the rescue capsule, which we call a casket, and we are lifted to the surface. Be not afraid!
Most everyone in today’s Gospel regrets their choices: Judas hangs himself, Peter weeps bitterly, Pilate washes his hands, and even the soldiers regret their choices. How can we live without regrets? By imitating Jesus and choosing the will of God the Father.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” The Lord was here, and took care of his friend. It’s never too late because there is no place Jesus won’t go for His friends. Jesus will even go to die for his friends. Are you really friends with Jesus?