During Holy Week and Easter we recall the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus asked Martha, we can ask ourselves: Do we believe that Jesus is the “resurrection and the life” and whoever believes in him truly will live forever? What impact does our belief have on our lives? Do we keep our main focus on eternal things? Do we always put God first, or do we let the more trivial things take our focus off of God and what is truly real and lasting?
We are called as Catholic Christians to live in this world for a time and then to go to Heaven to be happy there forever with God and the saints. For now we are to be in the world but not of the world. We can do this by focusing most of all on Almighty God, putting God first in all things, praying often, doing spiritual reading and reflection, and doing all that Jesus commands us to do.
During this life we have sufferings of various kinds. But even though we face many trials in this life, there is hope. Our hope is in God who made heaven and earth, and God will win in the end.
Easter reminds us that while this life is temporary, Jesus offers us something greater, which is eternal life. Eternal life is not only about living forever. When we have God living inside us through his grace, we have the beginnings of eternal life even now while still on this earth. “This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)
God loves us and wants us to be united with him now and forever. God desires what is good for us and those we love even more than we do. He wants to answer all our prayers (that are according to his will, plan and timing) and to give us all we need including the gift of his grace. We need to pray often for all that we need, trusting in God.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions… I am going to prepare a place for you… “. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:1-3, 5-6)
Good Friday and Easter reminds us that this life is temporary, but that we will never really die if we believe in and follow Jesus. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, so will we.