Sometimes we think about the past. Sometimes we live in the moment. Easter is time to think about the future, says Harry Kraemer, author, businessman, and professor at Northwestern University, who joined Morning Air® to discuss this holy liturgical season.
Kraemer reflected on a homily he heard at Mass on Easter Sunday in Florida. “Christ died for us, he rose from the dead, and he’s preparing us for eternal life at the time of our death and resurrection.”
The Easter story is to be continued, Kraemer said, quoting the priest’s homily. “When you’re watching a television series, sometimes at the bottom of the screen it will say, to be continued.” The Easter story doesn’t end with Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Jesus died, resurrected, and “he will be there for us so that our death—yes there’s some sadness when people we love die—but at the end of the day because of our faith, because of being Catholic and focusing on what’s really important, this will be continued to be with Christ for eternity.”
This is an important lesson for all of us. Harry says that he and his wife “talked about this with the children after the Mass and how it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, but are we really preparing ourselves? Are we doing what we’re supposed to be doing and what we’re called to do as Catholics?”
Our Lord’s resurrection has opened the door to heaven and he invites us to come in, but it’s up to us to write the next chapter. Are we choosing Christ, are we choosing eternal life with him in heaven?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)