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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)
One of the themes of this season of Eastertide is that Our Lord, having appeared on several occasions to His disciples, is preparing them for His departure from this world. In other words, He is "moving on", and His message to them and to us is that we should "move forward" in the exercise of our Faith.
This is not to suggest that we abandon any aspect of the Faith that we have brought to this time. On the contrary, it is to say that all that we have become as Christians is in fact preparation for our going into the world to live and to show the Faith as Jesus would want us to. To that extent, we must be prepared at all times and in all places to "stand up" for Jesus. We cannot shrink from or apologize for having all our trust in Him. That is what St. Peter did three times before the cock crew, and for us do do so would be to wound Him again.
Each of us, in his or her own life, has a mission, an opportunity to be an apostle for Christianity. In so acting, we give glory to God in thanksgiving for the sacrifice of His Son for us and our sins. This is in direct contradiction to those who would suggest that we have any sort of material reward to gain from this. That view, I submit, dilutes the Faith and, indirectly, has the effect of diminishing God in the eyes of those who hold that view. The rewards that we will receive from acting as apostles for the Faith are the innumerable benefits that flow from the sacrifice of Jesus on The Cross.
The preparation for this task and its rewards, then, is what we have to consider when we read the lectionary during Eastertide. It means that we need to transform our minds as well as our hearts to deal with the world on its terms while not compromising our faith in Jesus. This is not an easy task, but it is one that began at The Tomb and never ends.
May this Eastertide be an opportunity to prepare your faith to go higher than you ever dreamed!
Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith