“Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.” Although this passage is in clear reference to the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection we can apply it to ourselves today in 2011. How? It applies to our calling, for we are called to sacrifice our fleshly desires meaning our wants and sacrifice them for the good of all. As Saint Peter said in the letter, “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, that for doing evil.” There is plenty of truth in this passage because many times doing the will of God comes with a cross.
Jesus said in the Gospel, “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to Him.” Follow and look to Jesus my brothers and sisters! He is giving us the direction we need in order to experience the fullness of life. Do not think for a single second that because Lent is over that we should forget about the sacrament of penance. We should be constantly utilizing that awesome sacrament. Yes the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an awesome sacrament. It might not seem awesome especially when we have to humbly kneel down and confess our sins. However, something awesome takes place every time and it’s what Easter is all about and that is Resurrection. Every time we get up off the kneeler or out of the chair in the confessional we rise up anew freed from sin. You and I experience a true resurrection. It is in that awesome sacrament and in the other sacraments of the Church where He reveals Himself to us!
Now in the first reading we have the account where we hear how Peter and John went down to Samaria and laid hands on them which they received the Holy Spirit. My brothers and sisters no one needs to come down and lay hands on us because the Spirit is already in us. However, we need to let the Spirit do His work and the only way we can let that happen is if we ourselves allow it! How do we let the Spirit work wonders? The answer is by getting rid of those pesky road blocks known as sin. We need to let go of ourselves and place our complete trust in Him. One of the biggest problems we face in society in terms of spiritual growth is that many individuals let themselves get in the way. It isn’t about what you think, it is certainly not about what I think but rather it’s about what He thinks. My brothers and sisters it’s not about us, it’s all about Him!
One of the things we often hear people say, “I don’t like this” or “I don’t like that,” or “I don’t know if I can do this or that.” Well bingo there is the problem the first word begins with “I.” When it comes to our faith and growing in it we need to stop thinking of ourselves and start thinking about Jesus. It’s time we start looking beyond ourselves for the true answers. Our responsorial psalm was, “let all the earth cry out to God with joy,” but that isn’t possible my brothers and sisters unless we let go of our own selfish desires. Do we want to experience true liberation? May we then put to death our desires of the flesh and allow the Spirit to raise us up! Listen and look to that image of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, listen and look to Jesus Christ who is present body, blood, soul and divinity in the tabernacle…He is our true liberator!