We all like Happy Endings
We all know the wonderful story of the Wizard of Oz. Every spring it reappears on television to delight audiences young and old. What if this Easter season we wrote a different ending? Instead of Kansas, Dorothy could click her heels three times and land in Iowa? And what if she became rich, selling corn and wheat while raising cattle. And Dorothy lived happily ever after raising a wonderful family. Wouldn't this be a different ending to a popular story?
However, the Easter story of Jesus’ Resurrection is not about what if's, but what is! For just as Dorothy did go back to Kansas, Jesus did appear to His disciples time and time again. Yes indeed, and this is why Easter is a great celebration of Christ’s great hour of glory.
And we, disciples, live Christ's glory in ourselves. We answer God's call. We decide to marry or not. We choose to raise a family or not. We live our lives searching for answers in our joyous times and in our disappointing moments too. Foe as believers, we never forget that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, and because He has, we will too.
Francis de Sales agrees when he writes:
"The rule for a happy death is to lead a good life, placing our trust in the merits of the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, without whom everyday would be a fearful and unhappy event."
We find in Psalm 31:5-60 these comforting words:
“You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commend my spirit: You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.”
Realizing that faith is about what is and not what ifs, we say: "Yes, I believe,” when we experience Christ's passion and resurrection. And every time we do, our journey becomes a tribute to Christ's glory all over again. It’s the way the leads to a “good life.”