Hope and a Future

(Saturday in the Octave of Easter)

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When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

(Mark 19:9-11)

Spring. The renewal of the earth signals a perennial process by which nature obeys a universal law of life. This is the material manifestation of a deeper principle. There is always more to reality than meets the eye. In the realm of beings with souls, this process goes deeper and involves much more than, say, the annual renewal of a prairie.

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Even at the point of death, these words ring true. Love does not end or abandon the beloved, whether living or dead. God is Love. This Love is the fabric of reality. This Love is the very act of being; the “I Am” of existence itself. Where is death in this? It isn’t in this. Organisms come and go but souls (selves) can not. We are each God’s own beloved.

This Love, this hope, this future, this reality – is what we must consider when we hear news of the Resurrection. Love is stronger than death.

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