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Blessed John Henry Newman

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The Triumph Of The Cross.

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As we begin the Easter season, there is time for us to reflect upon the wonder and mystery, both of the resurrection of Jesus and the presence of God in our lives. Unfortunately, God’s presence doesn't take away many of the difficult challenges that life will bring, but we will ultimately become more aware of a loving God leading us further on our journey of faith.

Sir Winston Churchill planned his own funeral down to the smallest detail. It was to take place in St Paul’s Cathedral and include many of his favourite hymns and psalms. After the benediction, a bugler positioned high up in the dome played the “Last Post,” the bugle call that is played at all military funerals ... it is a farewell to a warrior. Next, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played “Reveille”... the military wake-up call.

On Easter morning when Jesus rose from the dead, heaven sounded "Reveille”... the wake-up call and the fulfilling of Jesus promise,
“Because I live, you will live also.” What a wonderful; message, meaning two things for every follower of Christ. When it’s “goodnight” here, it’s “good morning” over there. When you lose a loved one in death, the parting is only for a brief moment, but the reunion will last for all eternity.

“If we have hope in Christ only in this life, then we are the most miserable people in the world, but the fact is that Christ being raised from the dead, has become the first of many who will be raised to life again.”

We all need to be more optimistic about God’s involvement in our world today; it’s only then, that we can get a glimpse of what the resurrection is all about. Easter is ultimately the celebration of the wonderful gifts that are offered to us, as we deepen our understanding of creation, life, death and resurrection itself.



Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia!!



Published Thu 17th Apr 2014 23:11:17

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