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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

Easter Bytes

It is not always easy to maintain a high level of enthusiasm when news and experiences are either not good, or radically disturbs our normal way of life. The Coronavirus pandemic has unsettled our usual routines regarding work, school, Church and other joyful recreational activities outside the house. This can result in feelings of anxiety, depression and a lack of joy. But believers should never lose sight of two realities: the only constant in life is change, and that the Lord, who is unchanging, has promised to be with us always (Mt. 28:20). Since change is unavoidable and God’s love is the only constant, how do we apply the latter to the former so as to maintain a certain sense of peace and happiness? Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (Jn. 6:35). Bread by itself is not useful. It becomes meaningful when ‘taken, blessed and broken’ for others to enjoy. The secret to a happy life in sickness or health, confinement or freedom, is to choose to become ‘nourishment’ for others. When we strive to lift the spirits of others, we will find that our spirits are also elevated. Lord Jesus, You give Yourself to us as the Bread of life. Teach us how to be bread for others, so that we will all share in Your peace that passes all understanding. Amen.


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