We know that the seeds or the grains are useful to us, we have to let them die and decay under the fertile soil for bringing up plentiful harvest. We can preserve the grains in the cold storage, but they will not multiply. Jesus said in crystal clear terms, that if anyone wanted to follow him, he should take up his cross, and deny himself and go with him. Denying oneself seems certainly one of the most difficult things for any human person. The human life today is characterized with self-love, self-satisfaction and self-glorification. Once Bede Griffith (a Benedictine Monk) said, “Surrender of ego is the only way to perfect life”.
Today we see the people desiring more and better things to keep the status and comfort. But the reality is that the true wealth is LOVE, which was manifested by Jesus on the cross. Love means, whatever efforts I take for my safety, security and welfare, the same I take for others. But Jesus goes a step further and offers more efforts for others than Him. By dying on the cross for the sins of others, and even praying for those who were persecuting Him, He radiated to the world the new philosophy of life that by death comes life.
Jesus says, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself”. After every Good Friday, comes an Easter Sunday. As the poet sang, “If winter comes can spring be far behind”? Yes, every Christian is hopeful of this assurance of Jesus. The most horrible video that was released to the world by the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptian Christians on February 15, 2015 shocked the whole world. Pope Francis said soon after this barbaric act, the blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. And the head of the Coptic church announced them as the martyr saints.
Let us be hopeful that our life doesn’t end with a Good Friday (with all the hardships and sufferings), it will definitely be blessed to receive the glory of resurrection. Let this Easter Season be a time of blessings for you all.
Fr Paul Avarez