"Be living witnesses of the greatness and beauty of Christianity." (St. Gianna Beretta Molla)
In these joyful days of Easter, it is only fitting that we ponder the greatness and beauty of Christianity as St. Gianna describes it. Where else can we find a God who loves us so much that He came to share in our lives day by day, minute by minute? Our Christian faith is not simply a creed, a doctrine or a set of rules it is a RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ETERNAL GOD THROUGH CHRIST JESUS IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Through Him, With Him, In Him we are blessed to be able to live our lives knowing that we can turn to God throughout our day, to thank Him, to ask for help and guidance, to praise Him, to cry out to Him. We have a Heavenly Father who will never leave us, who mourns with us and rejoices with us. We have Jesus Christ who claimed our sin and conquered death. We have the comfort and solace of the Holy Spirit. And as St. Gianna reminds us we are called to be living witnesses to this faith.
Mario Parades' Easter post captures it perfectly: "(The early Christians) confessed a change of life out of which they believed, confessed, proclaimed and celebrated that Jesus is alive, that Christ has risen, that the final word of God the Father concerning the life of his Son is not death but life. They confessed that the resurrection of Christ means the triumph of life over death, of good over every manifestation and experience of evil in the world. Jesus Resurrection opened to every man and woman of good will a new horizon, a possibility of hope even where there is no hope, an opportunity for life over every kind of failure, evil, and death." (www.mariojparedesen.blogspot.com)
Alleluia! We are a Resurrection people and we must not hide our hope. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5: 14-16) We do this when we serve our brother, seek the lost, console the broken-hearted, rejoice in hope, love the unlovable. This Easter season, let us join St. Gianna in being living witnesses to the greatness and beauty of our Christian faith.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!