After the past few weeks a part of me feels a bit punch drunk. When I reflect on the fact that today is Good Friday and consider the abject despair that Jesus’ apostles must have felt after they placed Jesus in the tomb I am glad that we live thousands of years later. We have the luxury of having grown up in the post-Resurrection days. Have you ever considered that? I don’t think I had until today. There were times that my faith stumbled and faltered a bit. At those times I wished that I was back in the days when Jesus walked the earth. I felt that it would be so much easier to stay faithful if I had physically walked with Jesus and the aposteles. I thought at those times that it would be easier to be a strong, determined Catholic Christian if I lived in those days that the Church was in its infancy.
Today I think the opposite may be true. We have the luxury of perspective. We know that Jesus rose and will return. We know that the Church has waxed and waned and reigned victorious. We know that Jesus died for us and rose for us. We know it with every fiber of our being. We know that doubters and deniers cannot take away our faith. We know that God stands steadfastly beside us. Since we already know all that, all we have to do is hold on tight to what we already know.
The reason I compare that to what I have been through lately is this: I knew that no matter what happened with my health and my son’s health that God would see us through it. I didn’t know whether our health would improve or decline. While I of course wanted it to improve, I knew God would be with us in the trenches as we fought our health battles. I didn’t have to wonder if He would be there, I knew it. Knowing that, I couldn’t despair. Would I have despaired if our health drastically got worse and worse? I honestly don’t know. But today is Good Friday. While we know, once again, that Christ is crucified, we do as Christians mourn yet refuse to despair. We KNOW the Resurrection will defeat the death. So whatever your struggle or burden, KNOW that God will lead you through it. Know that each time I write a post my blog I pray for each person that reads my blog. Blessings to you….Easter is coming….Alleluia in advance!