Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Jesus is alive forevermore! On Sunday, April 1 2018, Easter shall be celebrated. Jesus did not stay buried in the tomb for long. Early Sunday morning, near sunrise, some disciples discovered that the Son of God had risen. They did not see the Resurrection itself, but they saw Jesus, alive and well. Over a period of 40 days, they saw Jesus on numerous occasions. Then He ascended into heaven.
On the day of Jesus' Resurrection, the angel at the tomb delivered the most important message that has ever fallen on the ears of mankind: "He is not here. He has been raised, exactly as He promised. Come and see the place where He was laid" (Mt 28:6; cf Mk 16:6; Lk 24:6). These powerful words changed the course of history brought hope to a hopeless world, and gave men and women a purpose and a power which they had never before known.
We live in a day when science has harnessed the power of the universe. But such power has not made the world better. It has not solved the riddle of human evil; it has not helped us to cope with the problems that threaten the world's peoples. What relevance has the resurrection of Christ to our human dilemma? Christ's Resurrection can have everything to do with answering our problems. Alive forevermore, the risen Christ can do today what He did for those who first received and believed Him in days gone by.
May each of you have the greatest Lent leading to a most glorious Easter. Lent is the time to imitate Jesus in His forty-day fast. Pope St. John Paul II has taught that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (Gospel of Life, 100). It is time to fast as never before. Why not eat only one full meal each day of Lent, as we did years ago?
You may wish to order some of our publications to help you this Lent. Call our Ministry Center to order, 513-662-5378:
- The Secret of Fasting
- Lent and the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises
- A Prophetic Lent (a schedule for reading the prophets during Lent)
- The Secret of Confession
Your brothers and sister in Christ,
Deacon George Schmidl, Judy Erwin, Mark Mussman, Jerry Cappel
February 1, 2018