Alive In Christ

Posted: March 27, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How do I live more fully alive in Christ? How do I bring across the joy of the resurrected Jesus to others? These were the questions I was pondering over at the start of Holy Saturday.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me, that I should not dwell in my sins but live and love more fully in Christ’s resurrection; by deeply reflecting on how His love had transformed me. The graces I had received both at my baptism and confirmation. And by the fact that His Resurrection proves that I have hope of life in Him. And that I should share this knowledge with all!

The affirmation of this message was received at the Easter Vigil when I heard these words from Psalm 41.

“These things will I remember
  as I pour out my soul:
how I would lead the rejoicing crowd into the house of God, amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving, the throng wild with joy.”

Easter Sunday’s Eucharistic Celebration filled my heart with joy. The Word that was spoken to me was “He saw and believed.”

I thought to myself how many of us see the many miracles in our lives, and in the lives of others and yet still do not truly believe.

With that still in the back of my mind, my family and I attended the Easter Octave celebration hosted by the youths. Not too long into the celebration, an altar server came up to me informing me that one of the parishioners whose mother is gravely ill at the hospital had requested for Holy Communion. I clarified if she was actually requesting for anointing of the sick but turns out that she had already received that and was indeed requesting for Holy Communion. I said ok but I didn’t have my communion kit with me and all the kits kept by the Church were out. The server went to inform the family of the situation. Five minutes later the family came to me requesting for help, I told them that I would get my kit and go over to the hospital at 5pm however I wanted to know if the mum was lucid afraid that she might choke if she was too weak. They assured me that while she had taken a turn for the worse, she still willed that she should receive communion. I was amazed with the faith of the old lady.

The Octave celebration continued with the youths and the adults present. We formed an equal mix of four groups, quickly preparing and then dancing out the lyrics of our respective praise and worship song. It was indeed a treat to just let loose and praise Him with actions. Another sign of the Holy Spirit showing me that faith must be accompanied by action.

After the Octave celebration, I rushed home to get my kit before rushing back to Church to get the consecrated host. Then took a cab to the hospital.

When I got there the family members were gathered round her. She needed an oxygen mask and so I was wondering if she could indeed consume the host. It was a tremendous struggle but she eventually manage to. Praise the Lord. The family was thankful but I told them I was grateful for the opportunity to bring Jesus to her. Especially today of all days! Easter Sunday…. What a Blessing… I will continue to pray for her.

Rejoice indeed rejoice, for our Saviour lives! And so let us choose to be alive in Christ!

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