Saturday, April 30, 2011

New birth

2nd Sunday of Easter, cycle A

For the second week of Easter, the focus of attention shifts to the Christian community as a manifestation of the Risen Lord.   This is further strengthened by Peter in his letter that says, "Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. (1 Peter 1, 3)

What is this new birth that causes the Christian community to be united in love?  What is this new birth that gives us sure hope in the promise of inheritance?

In this new birth, we are not subjected to death, for Jesus Christ rises us from the graves of our sins. In this new birth, we are tested in fire, and yet we see this as our purification toward perfection.  In this new birth, though we have not seen Christ, we are already filled with the joy of His presence in our lives.  In this new birth we always experience the joy of Easter because of the Holy Spirit guiding us each day.

Pray to experience the joys of being reborn in Christ!

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