Christ is risen.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrated Christ’s resurrection. We sang, “Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!”
“Today.” How can we stay mindful of Christ’s resurrection today and everyday, especially during this pandemic? To be honest, I thought it would be easier. I thought I would have more time to pray. I thought there would be less distractions… but I have found myself more distracted than ever as the days of quarantine start to fly by.
Then, I came across the verse, “Therefore, we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Heb 2:1). “Lest we drift away…” These words reminded me of a friar’s fervorino I heard recently, in which he described how we are never stagnant: We are either moving towards God or away from God. His talk struck me, because I had been complaining about feeling stagnant to friends, but this feeling was just an illusion. The friar’s words and the Word of God woke me up. Will I move towards Christ during this difficult time, or will I drift away?
As I continue to read the Letter to the Hebrews, the word “today” keeps coming up as well, reminding me to stay aware of Christ’s presence in my life every single day. “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion’” (Heb 3:7). Today, what is the Risen Christ calling you to do?
Christ is risen. Indeed, He is risen! Let’s pay closer attention to him today.