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A time to rejoice
April 27, 2009
by Fr. Tom Balluff, Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa, Delano

We are now already well into the Easter season. We have made it through the events of Holy Week.

Jesus died on the cross for us on Good Friday, opening up the gates of heaven for all of us poor sinners. On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead, breaking the bonds of sin and death that we might all share eternal life with Him after this earthly life.

It is a time, now, to celebrate, for our God has saved us from certain death and offers us the beautiful joy of being with a kind, gentle, merciful, and compassionate God who loves us all very much.

We can be a people of faith and hope. We can believe that heaven exists and that all of us will have the ability to join our grandparents and parents someday, and that our children, our family and friends may someday be reunited with us in great joy, where there will be no more suffering or pain, just the joy of being in Love’s presence.

The Easter season is a time to rejoice for we celebrate the great gift of eternal life for those of us who want it, by believing in our God and practicing our faith in our daily lives.

There are certainly eternal consequences to the choices we make in this life. Why not live a life of love, of virtue, of helping and supporting each other to be happy? And I would like to ask you to stay with me here . . . are we all not made in the image and likeness of God anyway?

God made us all good. When we are good, do good, and be good . . . are we not being the way God made us? Is this not what makes us happy, simply being the way God made us?

Certainly, God wants us to be happy. It is sin that makes us sad and miserable. Virtue and goodness make us happy and joyful.

Even if one does not believe, I would like to offer a friendly challenge to choose virtue and goodness in your life anyway. See if a certain joy does not come into your heart – you might be surprised.

Take care and God bless you all during this Easter Season!