I have a friend in his mid thirties who was recently told that he suffers incurable eye disease, and soon will be totally blind. The news devastated Arnold as it would any of us. But the question is: will he allow this to destroy or embitter him, or will he rise from it? His disease is ultra-dramatic, but we all suffer hurtful dramas, and face daily that same question. Jesus in his resurrection provides us today the answer. We and Arnold might not overcome our physical crosses (Jesus didn’t), but his resurrection proves that not even death, our worst enemy, will overcome him or us.
We learn; we love; and we’ll survive whatever our experience throws at us because Christ rose from the death and we are his rising followers. Alleluia!