How do we live a Rising Up life? By the buoyancy of the Easter Lord Jesus. We engage Him daily into our lives. We do it by prayer, spiritual reading, service to the Gospel, and by loving in a God- breathed way in activities and relationships. That’s for starters. It’s the success formula and story of many a saint, such as the single Canadian woman Blessed Marie Leonie Paradis, whose feast is May 3rd. She came from a poor but religious family. Her pursuit of holiness as a Catholic inspired her to become a learned woman of the Faith, going on to teach in places in Canada as in New Brunswick and Montreal, and in the USA in New York and Indiana. She founded an Institute of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family. Many others took up an imitation of her zeal for God and love of people.
What Marie-Leonie found was of how to let the Risen Lord into her being, so that He might be her inspiration. She learned to live in tandem with Him.
Indeed. The Risen Lord seeks avenue to live in His people. This is the new life. The prophecy was that God would put in us a new heart and spirit– Yes, His very Self in us. I in you and you in me, as John’s Gospel tells of Jesus of this rising up life.
How do we say YES to the LORD today to the new life?
We hear about a changed Peter in the Acts 2 reading today for the opening Sunday Scripture. He now lived in Jesus and we hear how his convicted teachings were so moving that his hearers “were cut to the heart.” They took Peter’s exhortation rather seriously–about becoming saved from their corrupt generation–and it says 3000 people expressed their repentance in baptism in that afternoon described.
A changed new life in the Risen Lord Jesus has the holy power to touch others and make a real difference– whether in St. Peter, Blessed Marie Leonie or in you and I.
So how do we say YES today to being joined in the Easter Lord Jesus, and Rise Up more in the New Life?