Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” —Isaiah 43:1
Last Sunday we celebrated Easter, the holiest day for Christianity. If Jesus had not died and risen again, defeating death and redeeming us from our sin, we would not be Christians today. But thank God the story did not end with his death on the cross! Thank God that he is most gracious and merciful and that he loves us enough “so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16b).
We do not need to be afraid when we believe in Christ, because God is always with us, no matter what we are facing in our lives. We only have to remember the Easter message and be reassured in God’s love and sacrifice for us. God loves each and every one of us and he calls us by name and we are his—forevermore! May the joy of Easter stay in your heart all year through! Amen.