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Season of hope

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15.20

Walking the dog yesterday and catching a glimpse of the first buds of spring was like confirmation of our morning's celebration of Jesus's resurrection. This is truly a season of hope. Perhaps that is most powerfully felt by those who feel they have no hope, yet their faith enables them to graft their desperation onto the recognition of the Church that, "because He lives I can face tomorrow..."

This is why Christian faith is not airy-fairly superstition for those too weak to face the realities of life. It is, in fact, the "true grit" that sustains those going through the very harshest experiences, so that they not only prevail but so they emerge victorious. If the prospect speaks to you, then take heart. If it pertains to someone you know, then pray for them.

The cynics may claim that God is dead and the Church will soon follow. We say that God did indeed die - on the cross - but He is alive again and His Church will blossom and flourish, so that even the gates of Hell will not resist its advance. Hallelujah!



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