The Planned Concert
On Saturday night my son drove off with his girlfriend to a concert four hours away, planning to come back that same evening. Behind my smile and “I hope you both have a good time” was deep anxiety that he would have an accident. He’s only nineteen and had just arrived home for Easter from college.
The Aborted Concert
An hour after leaving, he returned. “Must have forgotten the tickets, or his driver’s license,” I thought as I saw the car draw up. No. His girlfriend had checked the concert tickets en route: they were for October! (Luckily she thought it was funny.)
So instead of sitting at home fretting about them both, I spent a wonderful evening dining out with my husband, son and son’s girlfriend.
A Glorious Easter
On Sunday my menfolk surprised me by taking Easter seriously and dressing up in their smartest suits. I felt so proud sitting next to them in church! And during the whole of Mass I was giving God thanks for such a fantastic Easter.
(If I'm allowed to mention it, my horse also went well for me in the afternoon...)
Pushing Against that Stone
The Easter message began with a basketball analogy - the then Washington Bullets’ game in 1978. They were down by twenty in the fourth quarter and dispirited fans began streaming out of the stadium. They included our parish priest, a mere stripling in those days.
But suddenly people began running back to the game. The Bullets had made a comeback, and our priest returned to witness the final two minutes and the Washington team’s triumphant win.
His message to us is that we shouldn’t give up ‘before the fourth quarter is over.’ That is when God comes through for us.
When we feel trapped inside the tomb as was Christ, we must keep on pushing against the heavy stone that bars the entrance. God is on the other side, ready and willing to roll that boulder away if we remain confident in Him. We Christians mustn’t give up, but hand over our problems and sufferings to God with complete confidence that He will resolve them for us.
Submission Ain't Easy
Have you noticed that when we need to do it the most, relinquishing control of our lives is the hardest to do? Handing over to God in our worst moments is the greatest test of our faith. The Devil works diligently on us at such times, trying to make us despair.
But complete submission to God is necessary in order for Him to work in our lives. It may be tough, but it’s absolutely worth it. That’s when we grasp victory in the fourth quarter.