Everything is changed! Everything is different! Everything the world claims is wrong! Death has not more power over the God of life. Death is not the end. No matter what happens to us, even if we die, as followers of the risen Jesus, we too will rise and share the new life of his resurrection. We have nothing to be afraid of anymore. We no longer cooperate with death and the forms of death, from hatred and gossip and resentment to violence or war.

To whatever part of you is dead, today the risen Jesus says, “Rise and live.” 

To whatever part of you is in despair or depressed or ill, today the risen Jesus says, “Rise and take on hope.”

To whatever part of you is stuck in fear or anger or resentment or revenge or hurts, today the risen Jesus says, “Rise and receive my love and live in my compassionate love.” 

To whatever part of you is stuck in doubt or worry or anxiety or loneliness or grief or sorrow, today, the risen Jesus says, “Rise and from now on, live in the new life of resurrection and receive my Easter gift of peace and joy.”images-2