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We read in the Book of Genesis: “Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” (Gen 2:7-9, 15)
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Yesterday, in his homily, Father Willy spoke about the joy of the Ascension. When Jesus parted from them and was taken up to heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Father Willy gave us four reasons why they were not sad. This confidence gave them the joy, the strength, the courage, and the boldness to proclaim Christ risen.
Saint Luke receives credit for writing both the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Luke. Among the New Testament writings, these two stand out for their frequent cries of joy. Last week in the Bavarian village where Pope Benedict was born, Marktl am Inn, our guide brought us to his family home, to the room he was born. She exuded immense joy and pride as she described his birth in the very room we were standing in and that four hours later, on Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927, he was baptized in the Church across the way.
The Easter Season, which continues until Pentecost, is about resurrection. It is the perfect time to go to Jesus and ask Him to make all things new—to give you new life. And He will, He wants to, but will you let Him? Sometimes we leave the door open just a crack and peer out into the hallway as we cling to our old way of life as a child clings to his blanket.
In his autobiography All for Her, Father Peyton writes that in the fall of 1941 he was “in the highest heaven.” After having been saved from death from tuberculosis by Our Lady two years before, he had been ordained a priest, fulfilling his dream. He knew he had a special call from Our Lady, and he deeply trusted that in her time she would make it known. Yet the increasing carnage being caused by World War II was constantly on his mind.