Two thousand years ago, a common Jewish peasant did something that most peasants have been known to do.
Then on the third day, he did something different; something that set him apart from rich or poor, slave or free.
He stood up and kept on living.
Today, that Jewish peasant, Jesus Christ the Son of God, calls us to do likewise. Rise and live – for God, for righteousness, for truth, for love. Eat the bread and drink the wine, not just to remember Jesus’ suffering, but to celebrate his victory, to live out his life within us. Give all so you might receive all; die to yourself so you might live for the Lord; humble yourself so you may be lifted up. Hear, see, taste, touch smell with new senses, awakened from the darkness and filled to overflowing with the living breath of God.
This holiday weekend, let’s remember the life-giving power of the cross, the power of that singular moment when “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life” (Matthew 27).
On behalf of Cross International, I wish a very blessed Easter for all our partners and supporters – those who are living the life of faith by using their talents and resources to lift up the poorest of the poor.