While playing the India version of “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”, the main character, Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? We are given 4 answers: A- He cheated, B- He’s lucky, C- He’s a genius or D- It is written. Perhaps Jamal had no way of knowing that his own life story; his own set of circumstances would one day be key factors in raising the level of his existence. But we do. I believe that our own passion story is in fact already written. Every circumstance, every mishap, every celebration and every disappointment has a place in our lives. Ours is a purpose driven life, and our circumstances should be propelling us towards God by the lessons we’ve learned and the knowledge we’ve gain from every experience, good and bad along the way. Nowhere is it written that our journey would be easy. What is written is that the stone has been rolled back. No matter the circumstance, if we believe, if we hold firmly to the message Christ proclaimed, if we are willing to open our eyes, ears hearts and minds to the love Christ has shown us through those circumstances, we can strive to live every day like its Resurrection Sunday! Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:1-12 One of my most favorite conversations was with my mother and her two sisters concerning where the Holy Spirit could be found according to the length of the church service. Although we were all raised up in the same church we all now found ourselves worshipping in very different places. My mother’s church was an hour and a half and she was quite certain that the Holy Spirit was present. However, her two sisters were adamant that there was no way the Holy Spirit could be experienced in an hour and a half. Since the Episcopal service I attended at the time was only an hour and fifteen minutes I decided that it was best to just keep my mouth closed! Had I been more mature in my own faith at the time I think I could ask of them this question; “Why look for a gift in a place that can readily be found within us?” Far too often we mistake finding the Holy Spirit with finding hospitality. If you bring the Holy Sprit with you in to any place the only thing you’re really looking for is to be received. Our ultimate goal to be at one with Christ begins within us and we take it wherever we go. This new relationship in Christ means that our bodies become the temple of the Lord’s Spirit (1Corinthians 6:19). When we share and celebrate this gift in our spiritual journey which reconciles us all with the one Spirit of the living God we experience the resurrection over and over again. Alleluia! Christ is Risen Indeed!