“Set your hearts on things above.” (Col 3:1, NIV)
Easter is the event that confirms the wisdom teaching of the heart that leads to holiness. Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead—and his return to us. The Risen Jesus returns to reach out to those who abandoned and rejected him. His risen life continues the mission he lived prior to his resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection confirms his ministry and reveals to us the essential characteristics for living: returning to God; welcoming the sinner; and forgiving. These are the windows to holiness.
How we live now, in this life is an indication of how we will live then, in the new resurrected life. Our life is a journey that flows from where we set our heart. My heart holds my relationship to God—in mystery, paradox, questions, pain, grace, gratitude—until it transforms me and gives me new life.
For Catholic health care, belief in the Resurrection is more than the words we say, it is about the way we respond to others NOW. Our ministry is made manifest in what others experience when they encounter us TODAY.
- In the way I serve others, is my heart set on things above?
- How will the hearts of those I serve be touched? Will they experience an empty tomb or encounter Resurrected life?
–Dennis Winschel, MA
International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide currently lack access to safe drinking water and that by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will not have access to drinking water.
Let us ask God to help us protect this precious resource for future generations:
Lord, God, we ask your blessing.
Water is essential to health. May we keep it pure and accessible for all.
Water is nature, ecosystems, the global water cycle. May we strive to minimize climate change.
Water is urbanization. May we build sustainable cities.
Water is industry. May we reduce the use of water in manufacturing.
Water is energy. May we expand renewable sources of energy that do not deplete water.
Water is food. May we reduce agricultural demands on freshwater resources.
Water is equality, dignity and justice. May we find ways to make clean water available for all people.
Almighty God, you have made us fellow workers in your creation. We praise you and thank you for this precious gift of the earth teeming with life. Give us prudence, reverence and unselfishness that no one will suffer from our abuse of nature. Help us to find new ways to sustain the ecosystems that support all humankind. May future generations enjoy this world of your creation with all the joy and fulfillment that you intend. Amen.