With Easter comes new life. And new life comes with responsibilities. How can we deepen our faith if we don't nurture and care for it on a daily basis as we do our children? Just as a child is a precious gift from God, so is belief in Him. Neglect only leads to dire circumstances.
Today's Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) finds two disciples walking along the road discussing all that had occurred over the past few days. Jesus appears walking along side of them, asking what they were so intently debating. The disciples don't recognize Jesus. Their eyes could not distinguish His presence until Jesus removed the veil:
And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.
In Volume Three the Blessed Mother is speaking to priests, but the message applies to all of us:
"Better you say to a soul, 'Follow the path of righteousness.' In the event you have been wronged, look clearly at what happened. Be assured God is displeased with the wrong levied against you. It was not God’s will that you be injured. But God will judge your offender. The offender will not escape divine justice and the offense will not remain hidden. There are no successful lies or deceits in heaven, my children. God will heal even the most grievous of wounds and injuries. Believe this. If you do not believe this, dear souls, how on earth can you convey this gift of healing to others? You cannot. It would be impossible. So you must obtain this gift of faith before you can share it. To obtain it, you must spend time with Jesus. There is no other way. You cannot give what you do not have."
As I gaze into the eyes of my first grandson, I am overwhelmed with love for Jesus. This beautiful baby boy reminds me to love and cherish my gift of faith. To nurture it as my grandson will be nurtured by my daughter and her husband.
Thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of my first grandchild. This new life has strengthened me to new heights!