Wednesday, April 7, 2021

😎🐫🎤 May the peace of Christ’s glorious resurrection be with you.  Happy Easter!  It was so great to be back in church this year to celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass.  The Easter Vigil Mass, above all others, fills my spirit beyond words.  It’s usually twice as long as a regular Mass, but we get to start with a fire and assemble the new Easter candle, work through more Bible reading, and renew our Baptismal Promises.  You know, those promises aren’t necessarily something we think of too often and it’s even less that we say them out loud.  Saturday night, when we renewed our Promises, what overwhelmed me was the sound of authority in the voices around me.  That’s what God needs from us, sold out believers.  I thought about that again at work yesterday when I was working in a system, I hit the + key to add a new code, but the screen didn’t shift down so that I could see the new line.  In the past, I would stop what I was doing to scroll the page so that I could see what I was working with.  But yesterday I thought to myself, “You know the line is there.  Trust that it is and keep moving forward.”  Immediately following that, “Just like your faith.  You don’t have to see to know that He is here.”  Trust and keep moving forward! 

You’re Baptismal Promises have opened up many doors for you.  Some that you have seen and purposefully chose to open and others that to this day, you never knew existed.  But none the less, your decision to choose Christ has paved a way for you.  You don’t have to live, as Cara Whitney puts it, “Waiting for the show to drop”.  Live in the moment you’ve been given.  Don’t spend your time “…letting the devil steal our joy.  Waiting for something bad to happen in our lives…”.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic or not, today I would like to give you the opportunity to denounce Satan as the ruler of your life and affirm Jesus Christ, the Father, and Spirit as your source of salvation.  Say it aloud and proclaim your decision with authority.

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Bless others and be blessed. 

If the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that you and He may also bless others.

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