In today’s first reading I am touched by the idea of the
bounty of life all around us, especially at this time of the year.
Those of us who are US citizens have been extremely blessed with an
abundance of opportunities to truly experience a fullness of life
in every aspect. Our challenge is to accept, proclaim, and look
forward to the greatness of eternal life. Because we have been
so blessed with our lives, here on earth, it is so very easy to get
caught up with the true blessings of this life that we forget about
our goal of experiencing a life after our earthly death and the fullness
and richness that has been promised. Eternal life, which can
not be seen or touched is difficult at times to fully embrace.
I begin to wonder about “what it will take” to have the
privilege to experience eternal life, although I do anticipate that
it will be an experience that will be, for lack of a better word,
How does one come to accept or believe in the idea of eternal life?
How do people without this belief live and accept life situations?
Faith - that gift that gives us hope, reassurance - and peace is a powerful
gift that invites us, in fellowship with others, to proclaim and look forward
to the experience of eternal life with the Lord.
Throughout my life I have constantly been impressed with the people,
including ourselves, who have followed the teachings of Jesus and
believe in God, even though they/ we have not actually been present
as the disciples were, during the time that Jesus lived among his
people. As a woman reading today’s Gospel, I wonder
if there is a much more powerful message in John’s acknowledging
that Mary Magdalene delivered the news of the risen Lord to the male
disciples. This Gospel reading touches me in the words in which
John tells us that Mary Magdalene “ran… to the other
disciple whom Jesus loved.” For me, as a woman, I
feel that these words are very inclusive and feel a real sense of
being loved by God, for who I am. Peter and one of the other
disciples go into the tomb, they see and they believe. We on
the other hand, have not physically seen but have been blessed with
the gift of faith - that gift that gives us hope, trust and reassurance
that if we are mindful of what Jesus has taught us, through his examples,
we will be given the awesome experience of eternal life.
Some thoughts as we begin to make those New Year's Resolution… To follow the teachings and examples of Jesus.