May 11, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Easter

God does not desire us to suffer, but since Sin has come into the world, suffering is part of the world.  As much as God wants us to be with Him in paradise, we have to make a conscious and deliberate choice to follow Him.  Due to Sin, the choice to follow Him will inevitably travel the same path He walked, the way to Calvary.  Throughout the 40 days leading up to Easter, we walked the path to Calvary in an intimate and real way.  However, this time is not meant to be symbolic of a different life, we are simply made more aware of the life which we already have. 

On the other hand, the 50 days of Easter is symbolic of a different life: the life for which we hope.  Vocations in the Church participate in this different life in a very unique way.  Religious brothers, sisters and priests choose Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, an intentional decision to abstain from marital relations in anticipation of the Heavenly Wedding Feast: the Holy Mass as it is celebrated in Heaven.   Priests are tasked with making that Heavenly Wedding Feast a lived reality through the Mass we celebrate on earth.  Married life makes the Triune God, who is both three and one, a lived reality through the creative power of husband and wife which brings new life into the world. 

Do not be alarmed to learn that there is much suffering in each one of these vocations and do not be afraid to embrace your cross.  By choosing to suffer for the Glory to God, we can transform the world as we lead souls to Christ.  We need only to embrace the life to which God is calling us and to carry our cross willingly to Calvary in the hope of one day rejoicing with the angels and the saints for all eternity, singing a never ending Alleluia!

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