Saturday, April 25, 2015

Easter 2015

Photo taken from Rorate caeli
As Easter displays have disappeared from shops, so have some churches and some Christians in the Middle East. The latest were students in Kenya, whose names are displayed above. Many remain silent as our brothers and sisters are massacred for their faith. "The stars of 148 new martyrs are shining brightly in the firmament of the Church," begins Roberto de Mattei.   

I remember at the Marian conference last year when Father Casey spoke how we take freedom to practice our religion for granted here. But it won't be for long before religion will be banned from the public square ... unless we fight for it. And the battle lines are going to be drawn on the redefinition of marriage.

The Supreme Court will begin deliberating at the end of the month on this. Pray that reason, justice, moral and natural law will prevail. For we have already destroyed the foundation of the family through the acceptance of divorce, but now the devil goes for God's creation: male and female He created them. The devil wants to destroy the very distinction between male and female, the natural complementarity between them. If marriage is redefined between two consenting people, just think of the implications. Now it's homosexual unions. Next it will be incest, polygamy, and other aberrations. Tell me how this is going to be good for the family, for the raising of children?   

So, with whom will you stand? With Jesus? With everything He taught? Or will you only pick what's comfortable and convenient? Or will you stand against Him, the one Who suffered and died for you? You have free will.

People quote John 3:16 all the time and it is indeed reassuring, but I wish they'd read a bit more. Better yet, all of John because he makes it so very clear that it was as difficult then as it is now to accept everything that Jesus taught, but that's what it takes to abandon oneself to Christ and trust in Him and His plan. By the way, just a little reminder, no matter what is happening in the world, Christ has WON!!! I leave you with John 3:16-21 and Lift High the Cross.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.


Johnell DeWitt said...

You aren't afraid to take on tough topics. Not easy to do :).

Vijaya said...

I take heart from the words of St. Catherine of Sienna, whose feast day is today. One of the things she said is "proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear."